Past Event

Closed Border: Bilateral relations in the COVID era

August

10
August 10, 11:00 am –
12:00 pm, 2020

CSG East’s Canada-U.S. Relations Committee is presenting two Zoom panels as part of its virtual meetings this summer. While all are welcome to view the Zoom session, only committee appointees may vote on any business issues before the committee.

The United States and Canada agreed in March to temporarily close the border to non-essential travel (meaning no personal or tourist visits) while keeping it open to commercial traffic and essential workers who cross the border for work. The agreement has been extended twice.

What has been the effect of the closed border on the economy of both countries, tourism, trade, agriculture, supply chains, and the new USMCA? What does the near future hold?


Moderator

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Billy Jones
Member of the Assembly, New York
Billy Jones was elected to the New York State Assembly in 2016 to represent the 115th District, which includes Clinton and Franklin counties, as well as several towns in St. Lawrence County. After graduating from high school, Assemblymember Jones ran his
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family’s dairy farm and in 1996 started work as a corrections officer with the New York State Department of Corrections. He served as mayor of Chateaugay from 2009 to 2013 and as a Franklin County legislator starting in 2010, becoming chair in 2013. During his tenure, Billy successfully reformed ethics laws to make government more transparent. Assemblymember Jones is active with various organizations throughout the North Country, including the Chateaugay Rotary Club; he is also a board member of the United Way of the Adirondack Region. He was a member of the North Country Economic Development Council, where he supported numerous projects that help local businesses grow the region’s economy. Assemblymember Jones remains very engaged with issues facing the Canada-U.S. border and was named the honorary co-chair of the Quebec-New York Corridor Coalition, as was recently appointed as co-chair of the Council of State Governments Eastern region’s Canada-U.S. Relations Committee. In the Assembly, Jones is a member of several committees including Aging, Agriculture, Economic Development, Small Business, Tourism, and Veterans’ Affairs. He is also chair of the subcommittee on Agriculture Economic Development and Farmland Protection. During his tenure as a member of the New York State Assembly, Jones has introduced and passed multiple pieces of legislation that benefit the North Country. Assemblyman Billy Jones is the proud father of a daughter, Ella Liberty Jones, born on July 4th.
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Speaker

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Sabrina Rodríguez
Trade Reporter, POLITICO
Sabrina Rodríguez is a trade reporter at POLITICO. She reports on the Trump administration’s trade agenda, with a focus on USMCA and North American relations more broadly. Sabrina also writes POLITICO’s daily trade newsletter, Morning Trade, and works closely with
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the Canada team based in Ottawa and Washington. Her work often takes her from the halls of the Capitol to the front steps of the U.S. trade representative’s office, as well as Mexico City. Rodríguez got her start at POLITICO in 2015 and previously served as a fellow, covering both trade and agriculture issues. She has previously worked at Chalkbeat New York, Miami New Times, The Miami Herald, as well as Diario Perfil in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is a proud Miami native and Northwestern University grad.
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Canada-U.S. Relations Committee Zoom meeting, Monday, August 10, 2020
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