About the Committee

Created in 1991, the Midwestern Legislative Conference Midwest-Canada Relations Committee ensures that the perspective of state and provincial legislators is presented to federal officials. It does so through meetings with officials in Washington, D.C., and Ottawa as well as with policy resolutions, letters and public comments.
Another mission of this committee is to provide a cross-border forum for dialogue and information sharing. To that end, it organizes legislative exchanges between state and provincial legislators. Legislators from 11 Midwestern states and four Canadian provinces serve on the committee.
If you have questions about the committee, please contact Ilene Grossman, CSG Midwest staff liaison to the committee.


Upcoming Meetings

The committee will meet on Sunday, July 9, and will host a policy session on Monday, July 10, in conjunction with the 2017 MLC Annual Meeting in Des Moines, Iowa. Topics to be discussed include:
Sunday, July 9 | 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Midwest-Canada Relations Committee Meeting

The committee will have a roundtable discussion with trade directors focusing on bilateral trade in goods, and on the importance of supply chains in the integrated economic relationship between Canada and the U.S.  The committee will also have a business session to discuss other policy issues, proposed resolutions and to finalize a workplan for the biennium.
Monday, July 10 | 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Midwest-Canada Relations Policy Session—Priorities for the U.S.-Canada Relationship

Led by several nationally-recognized experts on Canada-U.S. relations, this session will explore some of the most significant and current issues in the U.S.-Canada relationship, including the potential NAFTA renegotiation, the proposed border adjustment tax, intellectual property rights, energy trade, and Buy America requirements. 


Committee Membership


Sen. Ed Charbonneau



Minister Kelvin Goertzen


Co-Vice Chair

Sen. Jim Stamas


Co-Vice Chair

Speaker Dave Levac




Past Meetings

2016 Committee Meeting (Milwaukee)


Committee Resources


Updated May 16, 2017