Congressman Young Appointed to Serve as Member of Canada-U.S. Inter-Parliamentary Group
Washington, D.C. – Alaska Congressman Don Young recently accepted an appointment from Speaker of the House Paul Ryan to serve as a member of the Canada-United States Inter-parliamentary Group (IPG) – a bilateral association between members of the United States Congress and the Canadian Parliament.
“I thank Speaker Ryan for this appointment and look forward to working collaboratively with our Canadian neighbors and counterparts on a broad range of issues, including partnerships in the Arctic, infrastructure and energy development, transboundary waters and fishing, and so much more,” said Congressman Don Young. “As Congressman for all Alaska, a state that shares a more than 1,500 mile border with Canada, I’ve worked for decades to ensure Alaskan and American interests are protected and articulated from the highest levels of government. This important new role allows me to further those efforts and develop a stronger, more cooperative relationship between the United States and Canada.”
The Canada-United States IPG was founded in 1959, with a mission of fostering strong working relationships between U.S. and Canadian parliamentarians. The group aims to strengthen an exchange of ideas and information to better address issues of shared national interest, including trade, national security, resource development and infrastructure. Delegates representing the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Canadian Senate and Canadian House of Commons attend annual meetings – alternating between Canada and the United States – to discuss bilateral and multilateral issues of concern to the two nations.
“I’m proud to appoint Don Young, the longest serving member of our conference, to serve on this important bilateral working group,” said Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. “As an Alaskan and former chairman of two House committees, he brings a wealth of knowledge and understanding to the many interests and shared concerns of our two nations. I’m confident Don will serve the House well as he works to strengthen our relationship with our great friend and ally, Canada.”
Congressman Young has worked extensively on strengthening cooperative relationships between the United States and Canada, including transboundary development projects and longstanding discussions and disputes surrounding the Pacific Salmon Treaty – set to expire in 2018. Young joins the rank of two previous Alaskans to serve upon this prestigious panel of lawmakers. Both Senator Ted Stevens and Senator Frank Murkowski served as members and co-chairs of the IPG’s America Section, from 1981 to 1986 and 1995 to 2001 respectively. Fellow U.S. House members nominated to serve on the American Section of the IPG include Co-Chair Bill Huizenga (R- MI), Bruce Poliquin (R-ME), and Kevin Cramer (R-ND).
To view the letter from Speaker Ryan appointing Rep. Young to serve on the Canada-United States Inter-parliamentary Group (IPG), click here.
For brief background and history on the Canada-United States Inter-parliamentary Group (IPG), click here.