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Owens stresses economic cooperation at Canadian-American forum

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Speaking at the annual spring policy forum of the Canadian American Business Council, U.S. Rep. William L. Owens, D-Plattsburgh, emphasized the need for continued cooperation between the United States and Canada and spoke against border fees proposed as a part of the Department of Homeland Security’s fiscal year 2014 budget request.

The panel discussion, held Tuesday at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, focused on the importance of cross-border trade and the strong economic relationship between the nations.

“This can be a North American century for job creation,” Mr. Owens said. “We have a skilled workforce, falling energy costs and a clear opportunity for companies to serve a large consumer market. There’s no reason we can’t entice new job growth, and our continued cooperation with Canada is a critical part of making that happen.”

Mr. Owens co-chairs the House Northern Border Caucus.

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