Washington, DC– Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) congratulated Kelly Craft for her confirmation as Ambassador to Canada. Upon confirmation, Kraft became the first woman ever to hold the position.

“I would like to congratulate Ambassador Kelly Craft on her confirmation by the U.S. Senate” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “In the North Country, we know that Canada is more than a bordering nation -- they are our neighbors, friends, and trading partners. Plattsburgh has even branded itself as Montreal’s ‘U.S. Suburb,’ with 15 percent of its area workforce working for a Canadian or border-related employer. I have already reached out to Ambassador Craft to schedule a meeting with me and a delegation of key stakeholders from our district. I look forward to working with Ambassador Kraft to further strengthen our special relationship with Canada, and to improve commerce and tourism between our two nations.”

"No relationship is more important to our region than our relationship with Canada, and so we welcome the Senate's confirmation of Kelly Craft as the new U.S. Ambassador in Ottawa," states Garry Douglas, President of the North Country Chamber of Commerce. "With NAFTA negotiations coming up soon, the North Country has a role to play in helping to see that no harm is done while we also pursue shared opportunities for advancing shared prosperity. We thank Congresswoman Stefanik for reaching out for the earliest possible connection with Ambassador Craft and we look forward to meeting with her soon and then working actively with her to advance the U.S.-Canadian economic partnership, using the North Country as a model."