Charbonneau to Co-Chair Regional Panel on U.S.-Canadian Trade, Border Policies

By: State Senator Ed Charbonneau Last Updated: August 10, 2011

State Sen. Ed Charbonneau is now co-vice chair of a regional panel of provincial and state legislators tasked with examining U.S.-Canadian trade and border security efforts.

Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso) was recently appointed by the Council of State Governments as an officer of the Midwestern Legislative Conference Midwest-Canada Relations Committee. In his post, he will be working with legislators representing 11 states and four Canadian provinces in pursuing opportunities for interstate and bi-national cooperation, policymaking and information sharing.

“Canada is the largest trading partner for all the Midwestern states,” Charbonneau said. “Last year, the exchange of goods and services between Indiana and neighboring Canadian provinces resulted in more than 162,000 Hoosier jobs with an economic impact of nearly $16.8 billion. It’s important our state and the nation continue capitalizing on this strong relationship while exploring new possibilities and ensuring a safe border.”

Ilene K. Grossman, assistant director for CSG Midwest, said the committee provides an excellent opportunity for Charbonneau to work with other lawmakers from the Midwest and Canada as they tackle trade and border issues that impact their local economies.

“His involvement as one of the leaders of this committee will help him advocate for economic growth and regional cooperation,” Grossman said.

Charbonneau joins George Hickes, the Speaker of Canada’s Manitoba Legislative Assembly, as co-vice chair of the committee.

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