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January 21, 2010

Joseph Comuzzi appointed Chair of the Canadian Section of the International Joint Commission

At a meeting today of the International Joint Commission (IJC) in Ottawa, ON, the Hon. Joseph Robert Comuzzi formally assumed the responsibilities of Commissioner to the Canadian Section, after taking the oath of office to faithfully and impartially perform the duties assigned under the Boundary Waters Treaty. The commissioners of the Canadian Section of the International Joint Commission appointed Commissioner Comuzzi as the Chair of the Canadian Section of the Commission. The Chair of the Canadian Section acts as chair at all meetings of the Commission held in Canada and in respect to all matters required to be done in Canada by the chair of the Commission.

Joseph Comuzzi served six terms as a member of Parliament for Thunder Bay-Nipigon. He chaired numerous committees, including the Standing Committee on Transport, the Subcommittee on the St. Lawrence Seaway, the Canada-United States Inter-Parliamentary Group, and the Cabinet Committee on Canada-U.S. relations. Mr. Comuzzi also served as minister of state of the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario.

The International Joint Commission prevents and resolves disputes between the United States of America and Canada under the 1909 Boundary Waters Treaty and pursues the common good of both countries as an independent and objective advisor to the two governments.

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