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New York GOP congresswoman elected conference chair, No. 3 leadership job in U.S. House Rising Republican star Elise Stefanik, whose support for former U.S. president Donald Trump has vaulted her into a key party leadership role, has also been active in boosting U.S.-Canada relations. Some political observers say her new role as the No. 3 Republican in the House of Representatives could be a boon to that relationship, by bringing more focus on bilateral issues. “She’s probably the person in the Republican House leadership who is the most Canada-savvy,” said Chris Sands, director of the Canada Institute at the D.C.-based Wilson Center. “So I think it’s a good thing that she is trying to make sure that [even though] she’s a Trump supporter, she’s not doing that at the expense of good U.S.-Canada relations.” The New York congresswoman, whose district borders Canada, has been a strong advocate for free trade, an opponent of tariffs and has fought to ease border restrictions, positions that ironically have put her at odds with the former president.

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