Midwest-Canada Relations

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 the Midwestern states and four Canadian provinces serve on the committee.

The committee officers for 2023-2024 are Manitoba Minister Kelvin Goertzen and Michigan Rep. Amos O’Neal, co-chairs; and North Dakota Rep. David Monson, and Ontario MPP Ernie Hardeman, co-vice chairs.

The MLC Midwest-Canada Relations Committee will next meet in conjunction with the 2024 Midwestern Legislative Conference Annual Meeting, which will be held July 21-24 in Columbus, Ohio. A preliminary committee agenda is now available:

The CSG Midwest staff liaison for the committee is Mitch Arvidson.

The committee last met at the 2023 MLC Annual Meeting in Detroit.

Committee Leadership

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MLA Kelvin Goertzen
Manitoba, Co-Chair
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Rep. Amos O'Neal
Michigan, Co-Chair
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Rep. David Monson
North Dakota, Co-Vice Chair
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MPP Ernie Hardeman
Ontario, Co-Vice Chair