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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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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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 advisor 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