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 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, will especially focus on companies that make intermediate goods (components for finished products) and on their involvement in supply chains.  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
The Canada-U.S. Relationship— NAFTA and Beyond

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

Co-Chair

Sen. Ed Charbonneau

Indiana

Co-Chair

Minister Kelvin Goertzen

Manitoba

Co-Vice Chair

Sen. Jim Stamas

Michigan

Co-Vice Chair

Speaker Dave Levac

Ontario

 

 

Past Meetings

2016 Committee Meeting (Milwaukee)

 

Committee Resources

 

Updated June 29, 2017