In November, Justin Trudeau was sworn in as Prime Minister of Canada after defeating Stephen Harper in a surprise landslide. Relations between the U.S. and the former Canadian leader had been lukewarm and cross-border visits by the heads of state were rare. But that may be changing. Prime Minister Trudeau will travel to Washington this week for a state visit. Former North Country New York Congressman Bill Owens was co-chair of the congressional Northern Border Caucus while in office. He currently is an advisor on cross border commerce and policy. Owens, who will attend the opening reception for Trudeau in Washington, discussed the importance of the visit to WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
During this first visit by a Canadian Prime Minister to Washington in two decades, Justin Trudeau’s schedule includes attending a state dinner Thursday at the White House.