February 19-21, 2010 – Washington, D.C.

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall led the 2010 mission to Washington, D.C., which focused on trade and border issues, energy and the environment. During the mission, Premiers and Governors met as part of the National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting. This was the first-ever meeting of the Council of the Federation and its counterpart organization in the U.S. Premiers also met with members of the Obama Administration and with representatives of leading think tanks.

Premier Brad Wall, Saskatchewan – Chair
Premier Greg Selinger, Manitoba – Vice-Chair
Premier Dalton McGuinty, Ontario
Premier Jean Charest, Québec
Premier Darrell Dexter, Nova Scotia
Premier Shawn Graham, New Brunswick
Premier Robert Ghiz, Prince Edward Island
Iris Evans, Minister of International and Intergovernmental Affairs, Alberta
Acting Premier Kathy Dunderdale, Newfoundland and Labrador

Following the mission, Premier Brad Wall, Chair of the Council of the Federation, and Governor Jim Douglas, Chair of the National Governors Association, wrote to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Barack Obama:

Letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Barack Obama

Working together to expand trade and further develop international relations is an important priority of Canada’s Premiers. Given that provinces and territories are an integral part of Canada’s presence, activities and public image on the global stage, Premiers advance Canada’s trade and global interests through their international activities, including through Council of the Federation missions abroad.