Assistant Minority Leader and state Rep. Jon Koznick, R-Lakeville, is one of eight state lawmakers from across the nation selected to participate in the 2019 “Rising State Leaders” program, which features a multi-city tour in Canada this week. The tour is an opportunity for American state legislators to learn about the importance of Canada-U.S. relations on a number of issues including trade, energy, the environment, border security, and economic development.

“Being selected as one of eight lawmakers to participate in this important program is an honor,” said Koznick. “I look forward to learning more about the issues that impact both our economic and diplomatic relationships with Canada. Canada is an important trading partner not just for the United States, but for the state of Minnesota. I am optimistic that this trip will help foster increased trade with our neighbors to the north and create good-paying jobs in Minnesota and Lakeville. This will also be timely and a good opportunity to better understand the proposed new United States–Mexico–Canada trade agreement.”

The 2019 program June 10-14 included stops in Ottawa, Toronto, Mississauga, Hamilton, and Niagara on the Lake. Through a combination of briefings and tours, the program places an emphasis on cross-border trade and supply chain networks that support economic development for manufacturing and agriculture in the U.S. and Canada. Other highlights include a tour of Parliament Hill, visit to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, border tour, and meetings with parliamentarians and other legislative counterparts.

Koznick is a member of the Jobs and Economic Development Committee and also serves on the Minnesota Trade Policy Advisory Council through the Minnesota Trade Office. The advisory council advises and assist the governor and Legislature on issues of U.S. Trade agreements and assesses their potential impact on the state economy.

The Rising Stars program was started in 2006 and has brought over 80 American legislators to learn about U.S.-Canadian relations and is sponsored by the Canadian Embassy and Canadian Consulates General.

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