Visit by Senate President Jean-Pierre Bel to BC: August 23–24, 2013
Jean-Pierre Bel, President of the French Senate, accompanied by Philippe Zeller, Ambassador of France to Canada, and Jean-Marc Todeschini, Senator for La Moselle, conducted an official visit to British Columbia on August 23rd and 24th, 2013.
They met with Bill Bennett, British Columbia Minister for Energy and Mines. Over the course of this meeting, J.-P. Bel and Minister Bennett discussed such issues as France-British Columbia trade and the development of the mountain and ski industry in the province.
Jean-Pierre Bel, President of the French Senate, concluded his official visit to Canada (Quebec, Montreal, Ottawa) in British Columbia.
Accompanied by Philippe Zeller, Ambassador of France to Canada, Jean-Marc Todeschini, Senator for La Moselle, and by Christophe Alemalama, Deputy Consul, the President of the Senate first met with a number of representatives of the French community (elected officials, companies, schools) at a breakfast event that provided an occasion for discussion of various subjects (different aspects of the installation and integration of French nationals in the West)
He then met with Bill Bennett, British Columbia Minister for Energy and Mines. Over the course of this meeting, he and Minister Bennett discussed such issues as France-British Columbia trade and the development of the mountain and ski industry in the province.
The delegation continued on to visit the local CBC facilities to answer questions from radio and television journalists.
At the invitation of the government of British Columbia, the French delegation also attended a meal hosted by Norm Letnick, Parliamentary Secretary to Premier Christy Clark. This lunch event was also attended by Marc-André Ouellette, Chief of Protocol, and Pierrette Maranda, Associate Deputy Minister for Intergovernmental Relations.
Also on the schedule for August 23rd: a visit to the renovated Alliance Française facilities and a guided tour of the Vancouver Museum of Anthropology at UBC with Mr. Nuno Porto. It also bears mentioning that the Ambassador of France is a member of the Museum Advisory Committee, based on the deep and long-standing bonds joining French and British Columbian anthropologists.
Finally, on August 24th, Mr. Bel and the delegation visited the Olympic village in Whistler and met with Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden and Roger McCarthy, Municipal Councillor, who discussed the station’s past successes and the issues it may face in the future.
Some photos from the President of the Senate’s visit to Vancouver:
Mssrs. Bel and Zeller were interviewed by CBC journalists: Dominique Panebianco (Midi Express, radio) and Charlotte Landry (Téléjournal, television).