MLAs to promote stronger ties in the U.S. Midwest
2022-07-06

Alberta’s government is committed to working with its national and international partners to advance shared interests that can lead to new opportunities for people and businesses in Alberta and around the world.

To help with this work, Lac Ste. Anne-Parkland MLA Shane Getson and Lethbridge-East MLA Nathan Neudorf will travel to Wichita, Kansas, July 7-13 to meet with lawmakers, industry representatives, academics and other delegates from Council of State Governments (CSG) Midwest jurisdictions and attend the 76th Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Legislative Conference.

“The U.S. is by far Alberta’s largest trading partner, and we are committed to strengthening that relationship and enhancing mutually beneficial economic corridors. It is crucial our partners know Alberta has a role in supporting U.S. energy and food security. Meeting face to face with American legislators provides an important opportunity to highlight Alberta’s strengths, including our ability to help solve logistical challenges, our approach to responsible resource development with practical emissions-reducing technology and how technology and innovation is helping us lead the way to a more diversified future.”

Shane Getson, MLA for Lac Ste. Anne-Parkland and Alberta’s representative to CSG Midwest

“Enhancing our ties with the U.S. Midwest is more important now than it has ever been. By working together, we can further grow and accelerate Alberta’s economy. Sharing information, building consensus and promoting common interests on regional issues – including energy security, water, agriculture and economic development – is key to our mutual success. This annual forum provides a platform to access key Midwestern state legislators to accomplish this.”

Nathan Neudorf, MLA for Lethbridge-East

CSG Midwest is a regional multilateral forum that brings together lawmakers and government leaders from 11 states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan are affiliate members. Alberta has been an associate member since 2010.

Mission expenses will be posted on the travel and expense disclosure page.

Quick facts

  • The United States is Alberta’s largest trading partner and Alberta is the second largest provincial exporter to the U.S.
  • In 2021, Alberta’s exports to the U.S. totalled $122.7 billion.
  • In 2021, Alberta’s exports to the U.S. accounted for about 89 per cent of total provincial exports.
  • The Midwest is the largest trade region for Alberta. Bilateral trade between Alberta and the CSG member states totalled more than $69.0 billion in 2021, with Alberta’s exports about $60.6 billion. Top exports to the CSG Midwest included:
    • agriculture and agri-food: $913.1 million
    • chemicals and plastics: $2.7 billion
    • manufacturing: $798.0 million
    • forestry: $1.0 billion
    • energy: $54.2 billion

Itinerary for MLA Getson and MLA Neudorf*

July 7

  • Travel to Wichita, Kansas

July 8

  • Attend Midwestern Energy Subcommittee meetings

July 9

  • Attend Midwestern Energy Subcommittee meetings
  • Attend dinner hosted by the Consulate General of Canada in Denver

July 10 – July 13

  • Attend Midwestern Legislative Conference committee meetings
  • Attend Midwestern Legislative Conference Executive Committee meeting
  • Participate in 76th Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Legislative Conference

July 13

  • Travel to Alberta

*Subject to change.