Québec, Vermont and New York discuss cross-border security
The Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars hosted a conference on Canada-U.S. regional cross-border public security collaboration in Washington, D.C., on June 14. Before a packed house at the Wilson Center, Mathieu Ferland (Sûreté du Québec), James Horton (New York State Office of Counter Terrorism) and Michael J. Manning (Vermont State Police) discussed the real impact of cross-border collaboration between Québec and its U.S. neighbours with respect to preventing criminal activity in northeastern North America.
Canada and the United States share the world’s longest border. Regional and local cooperation between the two countries is therefore essential in order to prevent :
- arms and drug trafficking
- other criminal activities
Québec representative Mathieu Ferland spoke about the additional means granted to the Sûreté du Québec (Québec provincial police) in the wake of Québec’s 2006 International Policy. The ensuing action plans have led to the creation of a security information management centre reporting to the Ministère de la Sécurité publique and the signing of collaboration agreements between Québec and the following states:
- New York
- New Hampshire
These initiatives confirm Québec’s significant contribution to security and enhanced recognition for this contribution by its American partners.
A collaboration agreement between the Ministère des Relations internationales and the Wilson Center highlights key issues for Québec in the U.S. federal capital.
Québec and North American security
Security information management centre (in French)
Québec’s International Policy
2009-2014 Action Plan