Maine, Quebec, sign memorandum on collaboration

Maine, Quebec, sign agreement to collaborate on economic development, job creation

Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- Maine Gov. Paul LePage has signed a memorandum of agreement with neighboring Quebec's premier to encourage economic development and support job creation.

Maine's governor and Premier Pauline Marois signed the memorandum of understanding on Monday. The premier invited LePage to Montreal to sign the agreement, which she described as an important collaboration between Maine and Quebec.

LePage says the agreement encourages Maine and Quebec to work together to create jobs and cooperate in the areas of energy, natural resources, transportation, border security and culture. LePage said Marois seemed pleased to converse with him in French, which is the governor's native language, and to talk about their shared French-Canadian heritage.

A Quebec-Maine Joint Committee will be responsible for implementing the agreement.

LePage also spoke to 150 business leaders at a luncheon conference.

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