Washington meetings good start to cross-border cooperation

OTTAWA– Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen said his trip to Washington, D.C. this week to meet with US lawmakers has given him a good start to a working relationship with his Alaskan counterparts and an understanding of a critical American energy bill and its impacts on Northwest BC and Canada.

He said the relationship-building that occurred during his whirlwind day in the US capital has reassured him that Canadians and Americans are willing to work together on issues such as fisheries, energy and trade.

“It was clear to me that at the end of the day we all want the same thing: responsible use of our natural resources in ways that will allow our citizens to live in a 21st century world today and pass on a healthy and sustainable world to our children tomorrow.”

Cullen, New Democrat critic for Natural Resources and Energy, met with Alaska’s Republican and Democrat senators for conversations on energy, climate change and carbon markets, and North Coast fisheries. 

He also proposed joint hearings between the Canadian House of Commons and US Congressional committees on energy and climate.

“My meetings in Washington this week will help me tremendously to continue to work on crossborder issues of importance to Skeena-Bulkley Valley,” Cullen said from Ottawa today.