The Association québécoise des organismes de solidarité internationale (AQOCI), of which Terre Sans Frontières (TSF) is a member of, and the Quebec government, will examine the opportunity of creating a Quebec International Solidarity Agency.
This decision to establish a working committee is the result of the new directions adopted by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), with whom international cooperation organizations have increasing difficulty working with. CIDA’s current trend of wanting to integrate Canada’s economic development has triggered the following comment from Mr. Jean-François Lisée, Minister of International Relations, la Francophonie and External Trade (MRIFCE) “The values that used to guide Canadian international development policies, and which were shared by Quebec, have progressively been transformed. The notion of international solidarity has become more and more marginalized.” The international cooperation sector in Quebec believes that a Quebec International Solidarity Agency (AQSI) would enable it to focus primarily on an approach that is based on the principles of respect, equity and real partnerships, in addition to increasing its commitment. “For decades, Quebec international solidarity and cooperation organizations have developed a unique expertise and promising partnerships with civil society organizations in the southern hemisphere”, recalled Mr. Denis Labelle, President of the AQOCI.