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 CSG East U.S. member jurisdictions and five Eastern Canadian provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, and Québec.

Committee Leadership

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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
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, and serves as chair of The Council of State Governments Eastern Region’s Canada-U.S. Relations Committee. He chairs the Task Force on New York Canada Relations and the Subcommittee on Agriculture Economic Development and Farmland Protection. He is a member of the Committee on Agriculture; the Committee on Economic Development, Job Creation, Commerce and Industry; the Committee on Small Business; the Committee on Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development; the Committee on Veterans' Affairs; and the Committee on Governmental Employees. In the Assembly, his legislative priorities are lowering taxes for middle-class families, improving the education system, rooting out government corruption, and creating good-paying jobs so North Country families can thrive for generations to come. Assemblyman Billy Jones is the proud father of a daughter, Ella Liberty Jones, born on July 4th.
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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
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
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

* Alternate Member

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
Asw. Angelica Jimenez
Asw. Carol Murphy
Asm. Nicholas Chiaravalloti *
(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


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

David Biette
direct: 646-383-5711