FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government is marking today the 50th anniversary of the agreement for co-operation and exchange with the Government of Quebec, designed to promote the development of ties between the organizations and institutions of the two governments and to ensure the vitality and sustainability of French in Canada.

The agreement was signed at the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick on Dec. 18, 1969, by premiers Louis J. Robichaud and Jean-Jacques Bertrand.

Today, this agreement is an important foundation of the historical, institutional, societal, and cultural ties between the two provinces. The relationship has generated spin-offs in a variety of sectors, including the economy, tourism, the arts, culture, and the French language.

In the past five years, about 220 initiatives have been supported by the two governments.

Twice amended, in 2001 and 2005, the technical and cultural agreement between New Brunswick and Quebec was renewed in 2018 and became the Agreement for Cooperation and Exchange in relation to the Francophonie.

Fifty years after the agreement was first signed, the governments of New Brunswick and Quebec are continuing to co-operate in order to strengthen their ties of friendship and solidarity marking a common history and culture.