Speaking at the annual spring policy forum of the Canadian American Business Council, U.S. Rep. William L. Owens, D-Plattsburgh, emphasized the need for continued cooperation between the United States and Canada and spoke against border fees proposed as a part of the Department of Homeland Securitys fiscal year 2014 budget request.
The panel discussion, held Tuesday at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, focused on the importance of cross-border trade and the strong economic relationship between the nations.
This can be a North American century for job creation, Mr. Owens said. We have a skilled workforce, falling energy costs and a clear opportunity for companies to serve a large consumer market. Theres no reason we cant entice new job growth, and our continued cooperation with Canada is a critical part of making that happen.
Mr. Owens co-chairs the House Northern Border Caucus.