Don Rusnak, Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay–Rainy River, will travel to Washington, D.C. this week to meet with congressional representatives and several Indigenous councils and organizations.
Rusnak will meet with Representative Rick Nolan of Minnesota’s Eight District, which borders Rainy River, Ontario. This meeting will focus on discussing cross-border trade, farming and agriculture, the forestry sector, and their shared interest of working together to support residents of the Northern Minnesota/Northwestern Ontario region.
Border crossings and security is an important issue for regions such as Thunder Bay—Rainy River, and received increased funding, $85.5 million, in Budget 2018. This investment will enable Canada Border Services Agency to continue achieving its goal of managing Canada’s borders, enforcing laws governing trade and travel and stopping people and goods that pose a potential threat to Canada. Rusnak looks forward to discussing these issues in relation to the Rainy River-Baudette, Pigeon River, and Fort Frances-International Falls borders.
He will also meet with representatives from the National Indian Health Board, the National American Indian Housing Council, the Center for Native American Youth and the National Congress of American Indians.
The United States is Canada’s closest ally and largest trading partner, and the Canada-U.S. relationship is essential to the well-being of both nations. Rusnak looks forward to being in Washington this week to discuss this further.
“I’m looking forward to travelling to Washington this week to discuss cross-border issues with representatives of various states and Indigenous organizations and to advocate on behalf the people of Thunder Bay—Rainy River. Canadians and Americans know we are all better off when we work together to create more opportunities for people on both sides of the border, and I am looking forward to exploring new opportunities for collaboration and growth, so we can build a more prosperous future for people in both countries.
Don Rusnak, Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay—Rainy River