As a member of the Standing Committee on International Trade, and in these uncertain times with NAFTA negotiations, I cannot think of a better time share to a story of friendship between two Nations.
In Canada’s ‘Chocolate’ Town of St. Stephen, in my riding of New Brunswick Southwest, I have been honoured to participate in “Hands Across the Border” – an opening ceremony for the International Homecoming Festival – a long standing festival of 45 years, celebrated with the city of Calais Maine in the United States.
To open the ceremony, customs officers close traffic lanes on the bridge that spans the St. Croix River between St. Stephen NB and Calais ME. Government representatives, Legion members, RCMP officers, and residents meet midway on the bridge, unravel flags from both countries and shake hands.
But this is not an ordinary handshake – this symbolic handshake signifies the importance of friendship, solidarity, good will and good faith between two communities and two nations – Canada and the United States