The Advisory: Volume 8, Issue 3, June 2010
Quebec Mobility Agreement: Another Major Step Towards National Mobility
Canada’s law societies have taken another major step in the implementation of national mobility for members of the legal profession with the formal signing of the landmark Quebec Mobility Agreement (QMA).
“What was begun in 2002 with the signing of the National Mobility Agreement among the common law provinces is now completed, with an agreement by the law societies in common law jurisdictions to open their doors to members of the Barreau du Québec” John Campion, the President of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, said during the signing ceremony.
The Quebec Mobility Agreement extends the scope of the National Mobility Agreement (NMA) by facilitating reciprocal permanent mobility between the common law jurisdictions and the civil law jurisdiction in Québec. The Quebec Mobility Agreement establishes the framework for recognition of members of the Barreau du Quebec as “Canadian Legal Advisors” in Canadian common law jurisdictions. Lawyers from the Canadian common law jurisdictions have been eligible for equivalent membership in the Barreau du Québec as Canadian Legal Advisors since June 2008.
(Excerpted from the Federation of Law Societies of Canada)
Signing of Quebec Mobility Agreement in March 2010: (Top row, left to right) G. Glen Ridgway, President, Law Society of BC; Eileen Libby, QC, President, Law Society of Saskatchewan; David R. Ames, QC, Law Society of New Brunswick; Rod Jerke, QC, President, Law Society of Alberta; John A. Campion, President, Federation of Law Societies of Canada; Pierre Chagnon, Barreau du Quebec; William Allan Derry Millar, Treasurer, Law Society of Upper Canada; Susanne Boucher, President, Law Society of Nunavut; and Susan B. Dennehy, President, Law Society of the Yukon. (Bottom row, left to right) Shirley Walsh, President, Law Society of the NWT; Jeff Hirsch, President, Law Society of Manitoba; Kim McNeill, President, Law Society of PEI, Irene Muzychka, President, Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador; and J. Ronald Creighton, QC, President, Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society.
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