11. The Minister shall plan, organize and direct the foreign activities of the Government and of its departments and agencies and shall coordinate their activities in Québec respecting international relations.
He shall, in cooperation with the departments concerned, devise an international relations policy, propose it to the Government and see to its implementation. The policy must favour the influence and development of Québec, particularly on the commercial, cultural, economic, political and social planes.
The Minister, by virtue of his office, is
(1) the adviser to the Government and to its departments and agencies on all matters having to do with international relations;
(2) the depositary of the original copy of every international agreement, of a copy of every other international commitment and of a true copy of every other agreement and, in that capacity, the Minister shall establish a registry.
He shall establish and maintain such relations with foreign governments and their departments, with international organizations, and with the agencies of such governments and organizations as the Government considers it expedient to have with them.
He shall favour the strengthening of the international French language institutions of which the Government is a member in consideration of the interests of Québec.
1988, c. 41, s. 11; 1996, c. 21, s. 57; 2002, c. 8, s. 1.
The Minister of Economy and Innovation exercises the functions of the Minister of International Relations provided for in the first paragraph of this section as regards the conduct of commercial relations and the responsibility for activities and programs dedicated to their implementation. Order in Council 820-2019 dated 14 August 2019, (2019) 151 G.O. 2 (French), 3787.