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March 21, 2013

Rise of modern Quebec started 50 years ago

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HYDROELECTRICITY

The provincial government increasingly gained control of economic sectors. One example was the creation of Hydro-Quebec to operate production and supply of electrical power. 

“For most in Quebec, the Quiet Revolution is a very positive thing,” Paquin said.

For that reason, he doesn’t believe privatization of Hydro-Quebec will take place.

’LEADING SCHOLAR’

Center for the Study of Canada Director Christopher Kirkey said Paquin is the first Fulbright chair in Quebec studies at any American university or college.

In 2011, the center reached an agreement with the Ministry of International Relations of the Government of Quebec and and Fulbright Canada to bring a Quebec scholar to SUNY Plattsburgh for one semester a year for five years.

Paquin is a full professor at the Ecole National d’Administration Publique in Montreal, where he is the Canada research chair in international and comparative political economy. While in Plattsburgh, he is working on a project called “Bilateral Relations Between Quebec and the United States: The Perception of the Attentive Public.”

After his presentation, Paquin said that he plans to meet with government and business leaders from all levels to see if the information they use to make decisions on Quebec-related issues is top quality. 

Kirkey said Paquin’s presence in Plattsburgh is a wonderful opportunity for the school community.

“He is truly the leading scholar on Quebec’s international relations,” Kirkey said.

Email Dan Heath:dheath@pressrepublican.com

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