The National Assembly of Québec maintains relations with other parliaments and various interparliamentary organizations. By virtue of the separation of powers (executive, legislative and judiciary), it pursues its international relations independently.
By participating in activities touching interparliamentary relations, the Assembly seeks to
- increase the effectiveness of the institution and of the Members;
- increase the Assembly's influence on the international scene;
- help build a global community founded on democracy, peace, justice and prosperity; and
- promote those sectors in which Québec excels.
The President of the National Assembly represents the Assembly on the international scene and oversees its interparliamentary relations. He or she is seconded by Members from all the parliamentary groups, who make up the 13 branches or delegations operating in the field of interparliamentary relations.
Activities are planned and carried out under the auspices of a steering committee composed of the President and a number of Members. Each branch or delegation is assigned an adviser from the Interparliamentary and International Relations and Protocol Directorate, who acts as administrative secretary.