Montreal, QC – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) delivered remarks to Canadian dignitaries and business leaders in Montreal at a breakfast hosted by ALENA, FCCQ, and the North Country Chamber of Commerce. Her remarks focused on her results for New York’s 21st Congressional District, the shared policy priorities between the United States and Canada, and her efforts to further strengthen the relationship between NY-21 and our neighbors to the North.

“As the Representative of New York’s North Country, I was honored to attend this important event and work to strengthen our critical bilateral relationship,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “As we know in my district, Canada is more than just our friends and neighbors to the North – they are our largest trading partner and Canadian businesses are major employers in our region. This day was an opportunity to speak with Canadian officials and Quebec business leaders on some of the most pressing issues facing our region and to discuss ways we can strengthen our shared interests. I thank the FCCQ and the North Country Chamber of Commerce for organizing and hosting this event, and I look forward to continuing to work together.”

"Nothing is more important to the North Country economy than our relationship with Canada and fluidity at our northern border," said Garry Douglas, President of the North Country Chamber of Commerce. "That's why we look to the North Country's Member of Congress to play a leadership role in Washington in all cross-border matters, and we are pleased that Congresswoman Stefanik continues to advance legislation to enhance our relationship with Canada.”

In Congress, Representative Stefanik has introduced important legislation to strengthen the relationship between the 21st District and our neighbors in Canada. In the 114th Congress, Representative Stefanik co-introduced H.R. 6431 – the Promoting Travel, Commerce, and National Security Act. This legislation, which was signed into law by President Obama, solidifies the preclearance agreement between the U.S. and Canada and helps expedite the arrival of goods and tourists into the United States. In the 115th Congress, Representative Stefanik introduced H.R. 3513 – the Canadian Snowbird Visa Act. This legislation promotes tourism by permitting Canadians over the age of 50 who own or rent a U.S. residence to stay in the United States for an additional two months each year.

Click here for text of the Canadian Snowbird Visa Act.