Yukon and Alaskan officials discuss cross-border opportunities

Premier Sandy Silver met with Alaska’s new Governor Mike Dunleavy and Senator Lisa Murkowski in Juneau, Alaska, on February 19 to discuss cross-border opportunities.

This was the first time Premier Silver and Governor Dunleavy have met since the Governor’s election to office in November 2018. The meeting included a discussion of topics of shared interest such as infrastructure, economic development and the growing northern tourism industry.

Premier Silver’s schedule during the three-day trip included meetings with Alaska’s Lieutenant Governor, Commissioner of Transportation, Commissioner of Environmental Conservation and Senate Majority Leader Mia Costello, with Alaska’s Senate and House of Representatives.

Global Affairs Canada and the Government of Yukon also co-hosted an evening reception for Alaska’s legislators on February 19. The Canada-Alaska Friendship Reception included remarks from both Consul General of Canada to Pacific Northwest Brandon Lee and Premier Silver.

These meetings happened as Government of Yukon representatives along with Yukon businesses and entrepreneurs were attending the Innovation Summit. The annual event is organized by the Juneau Economic Development Council and brings together hundreds of professionals from leading industries.

We have a strong history of co-operation between our territorial and state governments and I am confident that will continue with Governor Dunleavy’s new administration. This summit further highlights the limitless opportunities for our two regions to work together. We have many common interests and we are committed to working with the Government of Alaska, the Government of Canada and Indigenous Peoples to achieve mutually beneficial goals. 

Premier Sandy Silver

Quick facts 
  • Premier Silver last met with Alaskan Senator Lisa Murkowski in 2017 during a Council of the Federation trip to Washington. 

Media contact 

Janine Workman
Cabinet Communications

Ben Horowitz
Communications, Executive Council Office

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