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Bavarian Order of Merit: Two former Premiers of Quebec among the Order recipients

Bernard Landry, Jean Charest - © Assemblée nationale du Québec

The Bavarian Order of Merit is the highest distinction awarded by the State of Bavaria. It is handed out each year by the Minister-President to women and men with no distinction of citizenship and social belonging, “as a sign of honour and gratitude for outstanding contributions to the State of Bavaria and the Bavarian people”.

The emblem takes the form of a Malta cross in the emblematic Bavarian colours– white and blue. The Minister-President and cabinet ministers can nominate awardees, but never more than 2,000 order of merits are among the living.

Bayerischer VerdienstordenTwo former Premiers of Quebec are recipients of the Bavarian Order of Merit: Mr. Bernard Landry, who was decorated in 1999, and Mr. Jean Charest (2007). They were handed their cross by then Minister-President Dr. Edmund Stoiber (1993-2007).

Mr. Landry remembers his visit to Munich in 2001: “I will never forget my pride and emotion as I had the honour to give a speech before the Bavarian Landtag, in an outstanding brotherly atmosphere of unity. (…) Our two nations have so much in common that it is their duty to thrive to exemplarity in their economic, cultural and brotherly cooperation.”

Mr. Charest on his side admires “the way the extreme modernity of technology in Bavaria never interferes with the important place of tradition. Thus the central importance of culture in the Bavarian society is a virtue that many nations should cultivate!”