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The North Country Chamber of Commerce was pleased to join Congresswoman Elise Stefanik in a visit to Ottawa, Canada, reporting that the visit was both timely and worthwhile.

"The North Country's economic relationship with Canada is the single greatest driving force in the region's economy, forming the basis of its greatest progress in recent years and holding its greatest economic opportunities for the future," states Garry Douglas, President of the North Country Chamber of Commerce. "With recent uncertainties surrounding the future of U.S.-Canada economic relations, it is an especially important time to be meeting and collaborating with our northern partners and the meetings we obtained were high level and very substantive."

Douglas reports that the Chamber sought Rep. Stefanik's assistance in securing a meeting with new U.S. Ambassador to Canada Kelly Craft and that this led to an official visit to Ottawa "with an aggressive program of meetings and discussions that included Canada's chief NAFTA negotiator, a caucus of Canadian M.P.'s committed to our shared border, a round table discussion with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and a private luncheon for our group with Ambassador Craft at the Ambassador's residence, among other sessions."

According to Douglas, the group returned to the North Country with up to date insights on NAFTA negotiations and other matters, an expanded awareness in Ottawa of the North Country's unique place in cross border business and investment, and a number of valuable new relationships.

This was the third group visit to Canada lead by Rep. Elise Stefanik with the North Country Chamber, following two previous delegation visits to Montreal.  



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