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Governor Welcomes New Canadian Consulate in Alaska
Diplomatic Office in Anchorage Will Further Warm Cross-Border Relations


September 02, 2004

Alaska Governor Frank H. Murkowski issued a statement of welcome to Canadian Consul Karen Matthias, who will head a new three-person consulate office in Anchorage which opened Wednesday.

"We welcome this important step in relations with Canada and congratulate Consul Matthias on her appointment," said the governor. "Alaska and Canada have maintained warm ties of trade and friendship for more than a century. It is a pleasure to welcome a Canadian consulate to Alaska and we look forward to working with the Consul and her staff."

Margy Johnson, director of the Governor's Office of International Trade, said, "Canada purchased $231 million worth of Alaska goods and services in 2003, and our shared interest in the health and productivity of our northern environments, both on land and at sea, will benefit from the presence of a consul stationed in Anchorage."

Establishment of the Canadian office marks the second of Alaska's major trading partners to establish a full consular office in Alaska's largest city. Japan has had a consular office in Anchorage since 1970, and there are 19 honorary consuls in Alaska that informally represent the interests of other nations.

The Anchorage consulate is one of seven new offices the government of Canada is opening in the United States as a result of an effort begun in 2003 to strengthen business and diplomatic ties. The consulate will focus on political and economic relations and public affairs.

The Canadian consulate is located at 310 K St. in Anchorage, its telephone number is (907) 264-6734, and its fax number is 264-6713.


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