Press Release: Premier Couillard’s Economic Mission to Israel Delivers Enormous Benefits for Quebecers and Israelis

May 26, 2017 | Press Releases, Quebec

For Immediate Release 

May 26, 2017 

Jerusalem, Israel — Yesterday, a highly successful Quebec economic mission to Israel came to an end with an historic meeting between Quebec Premier Phillipe Couillard and Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu. In his last press conference in Jerusalem, the Premier stated that he is committed to building closer ties between Quebec and Israel and that he is considering opening a Quebec commercial office in the Jewish state. During the 5-day mission, twenty cooperation agreements were concluded between Quebec and Israeli institutions and companies. The Premier was joined by Quebec Minister of Economic Development Dominique Anglade and Member of the National Assembly for D’Arcy McGee David Birnbaum. 

In response, Rabbi Reuben Poupko and Eta Yudin, respectively Co-Chair and Vice-President of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs-Québec (CIJA-Québec) issued the following: 

“To accompany the Premier through Yad Vashem was a great honour. He was profoundly moved by the museum and the memorial. The Premier demonstrated great knowledge and sensitivity during his time there. Moments like that are quite revealing about a man’s character, and his reaction leaves one deeply impressed.”

            –Rabbi Reuben Poupko, Co-Chair, CIJA-Québec 

“Both as a Jew and as a Quebecer, I am proud to have been part of and witness to the first official visit of a sitting Quebec Premier to Israel. I have always believed that Quebec and Israel share values and make natural partners. The outcomes of this historic mission are very impressive and will bring Quebec and Israel closer on many levels. Both Israel and Quebec are eager to develop their relationship and build mutually beneficial partnerships in the many areas of shared expertise they have in common. There will certainly be significant follow up in the months to come to the benefit of Quebecers and Israelis alike.”

          –Eta Yudin, Vice President, CIJA-Québec

Additional Background and Outcomes

  • $12 M bilateral cooperation agreement between the Quebec government and the Israeli Innovation Authority on research and technological innovation.
  • Cybersecurity partnership agreement between Hydro-Québec and the Israel Electric Corporation.
  • Talks between Premier Couillard and Prime Minister Netanyahu to conclude a partnership agreement on artificial intelligence and big data.
  • Premier Couillard’s announcement of plans to open a Quebec Economic Office in Israel
  • CIJA-Québec was pleased to play a role in supporting this successful mission, and particularly in organizing last week’s Shabbat Dinner in Jerusalem. We are grateful that Premier Couillard acknowledged our contribution to his mission.
  • CIJA-Québec was very pleased when the Premier announced this trip at a cocktail hosted by CIJA-Québec in the Fall of 2017.
  • Photos available for download here.

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs-Québec (CIJA-Québec) is the advocacy agent of Federation CJA.


David Ouellette
Deputy Director
Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs – Quebec

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