Canada – U.S. Relations

The Canada-U.S. Relations Committee promotes dialogue, information sharing, and collaboration among state and provincial elected officials, as well as federal counterparts, to enhance cooperation on a variety of binational issues of mutual concern, including, but not limited to, agriculture, border crossings and border management, economic competitiveness, energy, health, security, trade, and transportation. The committee comprises state and provincial legislators from the 13 ERC U.S. member jurisdictions and five Eastern Canadian provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, and Québec.

Committee Leadership

Co-Chairs

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Robin Schimminger
Member of the Assembly, New York
Assemblyman Robin Schimminger, New York; Co-Chair, ERC Canada-U.S. Relations Committee Robin Schimminger was born in North Tonawanda, New York; he earned a bachelor’s degree at Canisius College, and his JD from the New York University School of Law. Before his election
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to the State Assembly in 1976, he was elected twice to the Erie County Legislature where he served as chair of the Public Health Committee. Schimminger was named the first chair of the new Assembly Standing Committee on Small Business in 1985; in 1997 he was named chair of the Assembly Standing Committee on Economic Development, Job Creation, Commerce, and Industry. He has sponsored and played key roles in enacting numerous measures strengthening the state’s economic development policies, improving its tax and regulatory climate, modernizing workforce training programs, enhancing coordination of the state’s economic development efforts, and encouraging the development of new businesses and the creation of new jobs. Schimminger shepherded the Omnibus Procurement Act, which maximizes opportunity for in-state firms to do business with New York State. His Linked Deposit Program, an innovative low interest loan program for small and medium-sized businesses, was recognized nationally by the U.S. Small Business Administration; the program has been credited with keeping or creating thousands of jobs in New York. Among more than 400 laws to his credit, Schimminger authored legislation strengthening an individual’s right to authorize organ donation, thereby increasing the number of New Yorkers who may benefit from “the gift of life.”
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Guy Ouellette
Member of the National Assembly of Québec
Guy Ouellette is an independent member of Quebec’s National Assembly for the electoral district of Chomedey. He was first elected to the National Assembly in 2007 and was re-elected in 2008, 2012, 2014, and 2018, and has served on numerous
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legislative committees through the years. Ouellette worked for many years leading teams of narcotics investigators for the Sûreté du Québec, the provincial police force, attaining the rank of sergeant. He subsequently served as assistant to the head of the Sûreté’s criminal information collection service, and spent many years investigating organized crime, biker gangs, and street gangs. He has served as technical advisor for a television mini-series on the world of criminal bikers, and has written and spoken widely in Canada and the United States on the topic. Ouellette is a former chair of CSG East; he currently serves as co-chair of CSG East’s Canada-U.S. Relations Committee and as a member of its Executive Committee.
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Co-Vice-Chairs

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Dick Sears
Senator, Vermont
Richard W. Sears, Jr., is a Democratic member of the Vermont State Senate, representing the Bennington senate district. He was born in Massachusetts and has resided in Bennington since 1971. He was educated in schools in Ashland, Massachusetts; New Hampton
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School, New Hampton, New Hampshire; University of Vermont, Burlington (BA, 1966). He worked in residential programs for troubled youth for many years and served on the Bennington school board from 1987 to 1993, as chairman for four of those years. He was elected to the Vermont Senate in 1992 and was last re-elected in 2018. Sears was listed sixth among the top 10 most productive state legislators in 2018 by the FiscalNote, which tracks legislation and government action. Sears chairs the Vermont Senate Committee on Judiciary and the Joint Legislative Justice Oversight Committee. He helped lead an overhaul of Vermont’s juvenile justice system, resulting with Vermont becoming the first state to treat most 18-year-old offenders as juveniles, not adults.
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Keith Irving
Member of the Legislative Assembly, Nova Scotia
Keith Irving was first elected to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly as MLA for Kings South in 2013 and was re-elected in 2017. He is ministerial assistant to the chair of Treasury and Policy Board. He is chair of
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the Community Services Committee, and vice chair of the Law Amendments Committee. He is a member of the Internal Affairs, Private and Local Bills, Health, and Natural Resources and Economic Development Committees. Irving is an architect and has served on Wolfville Town Council and Iqaluit Town Council.
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Committee Roster

Co-ChairsCo-Vice- Chairs
MNA Guy Ouellette (Québec)
Asm. Robin Schimminger (New York)
MLA Keith Irving (Nova Scotia)
Sen Dick Sears (Vermont)
ConnecticutMassachusettsNova Scotia Québec
Rep. Russ MorinSen. Nick Collins
Sen. Michael Rush *
Sen. Marc Pacheco *
Sen. Bruce Tarr
Rep. James Arciero
Rep. Lori Ehrlich
MLA Keith Irving *
MLA Gordon Wilson
MNA Gilles Bélanger
DelawareNew HampshirePennsylvaniaRhode Island
Sen. Catherine Cloutier
Sen. David McBride
Rep. Valerie Longhurst
Rep. John Viola
Sen. Pres. Donna Soucy
Sen. Harold French *
Sen. Jon Morgan
Sen. John Reagan *
Rep. David Danielson
Rep. Wayne Moynihan
Rep. Kermit Williams *
Sen. David ArgallSen. Stephen Archambault
Sen. Elizabeth Crowley *
Sen. Gayle Goldin *
Sen. Roger Picard
Rep. Stephen Casey
Rep. Michael Morin
Rep. Robert Phillips *
Rep. Joseph Solomon *
MaineNew JerseyPrince Edward IslandVermont
Rep. Victoria Foley *
Rep. Erik Jorgensen *
Rep. John Martin
Rep. Roland “Danny” Martin
Asm. Nicholas Chiaravalloti *
Asw. Angelica Jimenez
(Vacant)Sen. Alison Clarkson
Sen. Becca Balint
Sen. Richard Sears (not appointed; vice chair)
Rep. Mike Marcotte
Rep. Jean O’Sullivan
Rep. Tom Stevens
Rep. Vicki Strong *
MarylandNew YorkPuerto RicoU.S. Virgin Islands
Sen. J.B. Jennings *
Sen. Katherine Klausmeier
Sen. Andrew Serafini *
Sen. Jeff Waldstreicher
Del. Talmadge Branch
Del. Jeffrey Waldstreicher
Del. Jheanelle Wilkins *
(Vacant)Sen. Eduardo Bhatia *
Sen. Henry Neumann
Sen. Carmelo Rios
Sen. Evelyn Vazquez *
Speaker Carlos "Johnny" Mendez *
Rep. Jose Aponte
Rep. Jose Melendez
Rep. Gabriel Rodriguez *
Sen. Kenneth Gittens *
Sen. Janelle Sarauw

Contact

For more information on the Canada-U.S. Relations Committee, please contact staff liaison

David Biette
Email: dbiette@csg.org
direct: 646-383-5711