LePage, advisers to visit Quebec, Montreal to discuss potential economic partnerships

Maine Gov. Paul LePage, his top economic adviser, John Butera, and Maine’s director of energy independence and security, Kenneth Fletcher, will leave the state late Wednesday for a two-day trip to Canada, with stops planned in Quebec City and Montreal.

On Thursday, the governor and his staff members are expected to tour the National Assembly of Quebec, the province’s legislative body. LePage also has meetings planned with Quebec’s minister of economic development, innovation and export trade and the minister of natural resources and wildlife, according to his spokeswoman, Adrienne Bennett.

On Friday, the governor and his advisers will visit four businesses in Montreal, Bennett said, but she declined to identify those businesses or what industries they represent.

The goal of the official visit, Bennett said, is to talk about any collaborations between Maine and its bordering Canadian provinces, particularly as it relates to economic development and job creation.

The inclusion of Fletcher suggests that there will be at least some discussion about energy issues.