Sen. Lawrence appointed to serve on Commissions Related to Canadian relations

Posted: February 10, 2019 | Senator Lawrence

AUGUSTA — Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, has appointed Sen. Lawrence, D-Eliot, to serve on the Maine-Canadian Legislative Advisory Commission and the New England Eastern Canada Legislative Commission.

“As neighbors, it’s critical Mainers and Canadians work together to promote initiatives for our mutual benefit,” said Sen. Lawrence.

Sen. Lawrence, who speaks French and has a long history of participation in relations between Maine and the neighboring Canadian provinces, is one of two senators approved to each commission.

The Maine-Canadian Legislative Advisory Commission is composed of lawmakers from Maine and Canada. Those from Maine are split between the House and the Senate equally, with at least one member from each house in the legislature who is fluent in French. The purpose of this commission is to strengthen the relations between the Legislature of Maine and the corresponding legislative bodies in Canada. This includes engaging in regional cooperation through economic, cultural and educational exchanges.

The New England Eastern Canada Legislative Commission includes lawmakers from New England as well as lawmakers from Eastern Canada focused on regional relations.