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Cramer Discusses U.S.-Canadian Issues with Ambassador MacNaughton, Premier Pallister

Jun 7, 2017
Press Release

Cramer Meets with Northern Border Caucus and Canadian Officials at the U.S. Canadian Embassy on June 7

WASHINGTON D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer discussed issues of interest between North Dakota and Canada in meetings today with top Canadian officials.  

David MacNaughton, Canada’s Ambassador to the United States, hosted a meeting of the members of the House of Representatives Northern Border Caucus at the Canadian Embassy. The discussion focused on ideas to improve infrastructure along both sides of the northern border to better facilitate travel, commerce, and security.    

Cramer co-chairs the Northern Border Caucus, which encourages good relations between the United States and Canada. The caucus hosted MacNaughton on Capitol Hill in September 2016, shortly after he became the Canadian ambassador.  MacNaughton is a Canadian diplomat, business leader, political strategist, and strategy consultant.

In a separate meeting, Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister met Cramer to discuss North Dakota and Manitoba relations, including areas of mutual interest relating to energy and water projects, defense, and the U.S.-Canada trade partnership as negotiations begin to reconsider the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Cramer holds meeting with Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister

“The United States and Canada share the longest international border in the world,” said Cramer. “We both recognize how strong North American security and trade are vital to our success and prosperity.  And, we welcome every opportunity to discuss shared priorities and interests.”

In addition to chairing the Northern Border Caucus, Cramer was appointed in February by Speaker Paul Ryan as one of four Members of the House of Representatives to serve on the Canada-United States Interparliamentary Group.  Since 1959, the Canada-United States Interparliamentary Group has brought together approximately 24 legislators from both nations for annual meetings to discuss matters of mutual interest, to find points of junction in national policies, start dialogue on points of discrepancy, promote exchange of information, and encourage better understanding between the governments of Canada and the United States.