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Canadian Ambassador to the United States, Gary Doer at the SEUS-CP Conference

Canadian Ambassador to the United States, Gary Doer at the SEUS-CP Conference

By Sean Mitton

A conversation with the Canadian Ambassador to the United States, Gary Doer in regards to the SEUS-CP Alliance relationship over the past five years.

"I was at the first meeting in Montreal which was co-chaired by Governor Perdue (Georgia) and Premier Charest (Quebec) and I think the SEUS-CP (Southeastern United States -- Canadian Province) Alliance has progressed, but we can do better. I think the whole idea of having political leaders opening doors for business leaders to cut deals is a great concept. What we want to do is see it continue to grow, continue to use our Chambers of Commerce in each jurisdiction and raise awareness because I think we can take this to 1,000 businesses in the future, which should be our long term target. More business people, more deals.

I don't think there are any opportunity limitations with respect to vertical markets. You have different companies with different objectives with different products in different markets. The areas that are part of the knowledge economy obviously will work in this knowledge corridor north and south, but there are many other ideas. We literally have our tires for our mining companies produced here in South Carolina, so there are lots of examples of how that could work. I find if you're a government representative and you suggest that this is the best idea, it's best to have a reality check by the people who put their money on the table to make it work and that's why these meetings are very important."

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