Edinburgh, UK – Once loved by Quebec, Scotland has now fallen out of fashion: Prime Minister François Legault on missions in Edinburgh and Glasgow made no effort to meet his Scottish counterpart Nicola Sturgeon as of Friday.
As confirmed by the Office of the Premier of Quebec, no requests were made in this direction.
Quebec maintains direct relationships with several partners, notably Bavaria, Catalonia, Scotland and California. During her tenure, Prime Minister Pauline Marois met in Edinburgh with her opposite, Alex Salmond.
It must be said that Mr Salmond was the head of an independence party, the SNP, and wanted to achieve the sovereignty of Scotland like Nicola Sturgeon.
Its aim is to hold a referendum on independence especially in 2023.
Prime Minister François Legault’s spokesman limited himself to saying that the Ministry of International Relations, which deals with the mission of the head of government, had not requested a meeting with Ms Sturgeon.
He did not specify why no request was made. On the other hand, as is customary, the government of Quebec reported the Prime Minister’s visit to the authorities of the United Kingdom and Scotland.
Mr Legault spent most of the week in Scotland, attending the UN climate change conference, COP26, which took place in Glasgow.
He met several dignitaries including Prince Charles, former US Secretary of State John Kerry and President Biden’s climate adviser Gina McCarthy.
Mr Legault also spoke with several senior executives from large industrial companies.
Quebec has actively pursued an international policy since the establishment of the Guérin-Lajoie Doctrine in the 1960s, advocating for the expansion of Quebec’s powers (education, health, culture, etc.) on the international scene.
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