Masse Leads Canadian Delegation at the National Conference of State Legislators
August 15th, 2013 - 4:00pm
[Atlanta, Georgia]— Brian Masse MP Windsor West spent the week leading an all-party Canadian Delegation at the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) in Atlanta, Georgia. Masse recently returned from the Council of Western State Governments in Las Vegas earlier this month and is now attending the NCSL in his role as Vice Chair of the Canada-US Inter-Parliamentary group– a position he’s held since 2006.
“As a Vice Chair of the Canada-US Interparliamentary Group, this conference provides a rare opportunity to discuss Canadian concerns regarding a number of Canada-US issues with state legislators whose perspectives often differ from their federal counterparts. Given the depth of our economic integration between our two nations, the NCSL provides a great venue to identify and discuss opportunities and areas of concern. ”stated Masse.
At the NCSL, Masse is emphasizing infrastructure development and restoration along the Canada-US border—an issue of particular relevance in Windsor given the development of the Detroit River International Crossing Project. Other conference topics of interest to Canadians include immigration and law enforcement, economic development and labour issues. The NCSL is a bi-partisan organization, which focuses on state legislatures and provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policy makers to collaborate.
“Such an experience provides value and creates a forum to share policy concerns while fostering lasting and insightful international relationships with prominent political leaders", said Masse.
The Canada-United States Inter-Parliamentary Group aims to find points of convergence in respective national policies, to initiate dialogue on points of divergence, to encourage the exchange of information, and to promote better understanding among legislators on shared issues of concern.
With the House of Commons set to reconvene early this fall, it is clear Masse is taking every opportunity to promote Canadian interests abroad before returning to Ottawa to discuss Canadian policy at home.