Faithful to their friendship agreement signed in 2012, elected officials of the MRC de Papineau, the MRC d’Argenteuil and the United Counties of Prescott and Russell held their 8th annual friendship meeting this past Tuesday, September 25 at the Manoir Papineau in Montebello, located on the shores of the majestic Ottawa River. This year, the three regions expressed agreement to “get into action,” meaning to identify and solidify their next joint project. A working committee, including one elected official and one staff member from each region, was proposed in order to generate ideas. The committee would be launched in 2019.

Since 2011, these three municipal regions have met on an annual basis in order to maintain and strengthen their partnership, notably for purposes of recreational tourism, culture, heritage and environmental protection. In addition to allowing the elected representatives of these three regions to meet annually to exchange and share their successes, the Friendship Agreement has also allowed for the initiation of joint projects, including the Cycl-O-Route cycling path along the Ottawa River, a 200-kilometre circuit crisscrossing the three neighboring territories.