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MPs meet with ND Congressman

posted Apr 24, 2017, 1:03 PM by Kathy Carr
Robert Sopuck, Mem­ber of Parliament for Dauphin-Swan River-Neepawa, took part in a meeting with North Dakota Congressman Kevin Cramer on Monday along with his Manitoba Conser­vative Caucus colleagues. 
 Due to the evolving issues regarding trade and illegal border crossings, the Manitoba Con­ser­vative MPs took the initiative to arrange a meeting to raise ongoing concerns directly with their U.S. counterparts. 
 The meeting was a chance for the politicians to discuss a variety of issues that affect both Manitoba and North Dakota, including trade agreements, cross border water issues, illegal border crossings and the Keys­tone XL pipeline. 
 “Given the recent U.S. election, it was a great opportunity to meet with Congressman Cramer and discuss the mutually beneficial relationship bet­ween Manitoba and North Dakota,” Sopuck said. “In rural Manitoba, many jobs and incomes are dependent on industries like agriculture and softwood lumber that export large quantities to the United States annually.”
Similarly, 28,500 jobs in North Dakota rely on Canada-US trade and investment, with the bilateral trade estimated at $4.6 billion annually. 
“In all meetings with our American counterparts, it is important that we are standing up to defend the best interests of Manitoba and Canada,” Sopuck said. “It was a respectful and productive conversation on how we can continue to work together to help alleviate cross border issues.”
Congressman Kevin Cramer, who is co-chairman of the Congressional Northern Border Caucus, was well versed on issues relating to Canada, which allowed for open and frank discussions on pertinent issues and were well received. 
 The four other Manitoba Conservative Members of Parliament are Larry Maguire, Candice Bergen, James Bezan and Ted Falk. All were able to attend the meeting with Congressman Cramer.