Ohio Speaker Bob Cupp, co-chair Manitoba Minister Kelvin Goertzen, co-chair Michigan Sen. Jim Stamas, vice chair Saskatchewan Speaker Mark Docherty, vice chair
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 and occasional 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. The committee is led by four committee officers: Ohio Rep. Bob Cupp and Manitoba Minister Kelvin Goertzen, co-chairs; and Michigan Sen. Jim Stamas and Saskatchewan Speaker Mark Docherty, vice chairs.
If you have questions about the committee, please contact Ilene Grossman, CSG Midwest staff liaison to the committee.


Subcommittee Hosts Virtual Meeting on the USMCA Trade Agreement

On October 13, 2020, the MLC Midwest-Canada Trade Subcommittee held a virtual meeting. This meeting covered the current state of trade between Canada and the U.S. and a look at U.S. trade policy more generally. It also examined some of the key provisions of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), how it differs from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and what the impact is likely to be on industries in the Midwest. The virtual meeting was hosted by MLC Midwest-Canada Trade Subcommittee Co-Chairs; Sen. Karen Tallian (Indiana), MPP Percy Hatfield (Ontario), and Rep. Mark Huizenga (Michigan). The meeting's presenters were Edward Alden of the Council on Foreign Relations and Dan Ujczo of the International Practice Group at the Dickinson Wright Law Firm.


Tracking the U.S.-Canada Border Shutdown and Recovery


Midwest-Canada Relations Energy Subcommittee explores power of clean energy to help region's farmers, rural areas

State and provincial legislators from across the Midwest took part in virtual meetings in July and September 2020 that focused on how to better involve the agricultural sector and rural communities in the production of clean energy. The Midwest-Canada Relations Energy Subcommittee — a binational group of The Council of State Governments’ Midwestern Legislative Conference — sponsored the event. The meeting included discussions among energy experts and legislators on policies to help agricultural producers overcome barriers.


Committee Hosts Webinar on COVID-19

One of a six-part series held by the Midwestern Legislative Conference, the MLC Midwest-Canada Relations Committee hosted a webinar focusing on the intersection of binational relations and the coronavirus pandemic.


2020 Meeting in Detroit Canceled

Due to the impact of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic across the Midwest and around the world, CSG's MLC has made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel the MLC's 75th Annual Meeting, which was scheduled to be held in Detroit, Michigan, on July 19-22, 2020.


Committee Meets in Chicago in 2019

The committee last met during the Midwestern Legislative Conference Annual Meeting, which was held in July in Chicago. An agenda from the 2019 meeting can be found below. At that meeting, the committee passed a resolution (later approved by the full MLC) on U.S.-Canada trade and the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement.


Committee Resources