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For Immediate Release

Date: 02/14/14

Maine Delegation to Visit Canadian Consulate in Boston

Topics on agenda include tourism, energy policy, border infrastructure

AUGUSTA - House Republican Leader Ken Fredette of Newport, chairman of the Maine-Canadian Legislative Advisory Commission (MCLAC), announced Friday that members of the bipartisan commission will visit the Quebec Government Office and the Consulate General of Canada in Boston, Massachusetts on Wednesday, February 19.

"We look forward to this opportunity to build upon our relationship with our neighbors and strengthen our economic ties," said Rep. Fredette. "Maine and Canada share close ties economically, culturally, and politically, and we must continue to strengthen those ties with a frank and frequent dialogue."

Topics of discussion will include strengthening tourism between Canada and Maine, discussing options for improving energy infrastructure and trade, and the recent Maine-Canadian partnerships in building and rehabilitating bridges along the border.

Members of the Maine delegation representing MCLAC include: Rep. Fredette; Rep. Jeffery Gifford (R-Lincoln); Rep. Mark Dion (D-Portland); Sen. Roger Sherman (R-Aroostook); Tim Walton of Cianbro Corp. as business member; Daniel Deveau, Canadian Ombudsman from the Office of Governor Paul LePage; and Edward Ford, legislative aide to Rep. Fredette.

"Nous sommes avide aller a la recontre avec nos collegues Canadiens. C'est oeuvre est importante mesure pour les citoyens de Canada et pur notre etat de Maine," said Rep. Dion. ("We are very eager to attend our meeting with our Canadian colleagues. This work is an important step for the citizens of Canada and Maine.")

The Maine delegation will meet representatives of the Province of Quebec at the Quebec Government Office in Boston at 10:00 AM, followed by lunch and a meeting at the Consulate General of Canada with Canadian government officials.

MCLAC is a standing commission, established by statute, of Maine government and business leaders dedicated to maintaining and strengthening strong economic and cultural ties between the people of Maine and Canada.

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