- Associated Press - Saturday, November 26, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont Gov. Peter Shumin travels to Quebec City next week to receive an award described as the highest honor given by the provincial government.

The Ordre national du Québec is given, in the words of the Quebec government, to “exceptional individuals who, through their achievements, values and ideals, have influenced Québec’s growth and contributed to its renown.” Shumlin, who leaves office in January, is to receive it on Wednesday.

The Democratic governor has worked closely with Quebec during his six years in office on issues ranging from mitigation of flooding on Lake Champlain and the Richelieu River, to the large amounts of hydroelectricity Quebec ships south, to trying to restore Amtrak passenger rail service through Vermont to Montreal.

Quebec also honored former Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas.

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