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.



July 9, 2017 | Committee Meeting (2017 MLC Annual Meeting)
The Integrated Trade Relationship between Canada and the U.S.: Not Just an Advantage for Large Firms

How are state economies linked to Canada and Canadian companies? This session, featuring state trade directors, focused on companies that make intermediate goods (components for finished products) and on their involvement in supply chains.  The committee also had a business session to discuss other policy issues, proposed resolutions and to finalize a workplan for the biennium.


July 10, 2017 | Policy Session (2017 MLC Annual Meeting)
The Canada-U.S. Relationship: The North American Free Trade Agreement and Beyond

Led by several nationally-recognized experts on Canada-U.S. relations, this session explored significant policy issues in the U.S.-Canada relationship, including the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, a proposed border adjustment tax, intellectual property rights, energy trade, and Buy America requirements. 


July 17, 2016 | Committee Meeting (2016 MLC Annual Meeting)


Committee Membership


Sen. Ed Charbonneau



Minister Kelvin Goertzen


Co-Vice Chair

Sen. Jim Stamas


Co-Vice Chair

Speaker Dave Levac




Committee Resources


Updated March 8, 2018