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forum on U.S. - Canada issues features international speakers, former Gov. Blanc
Date: Thursday, October 06 2005

News Release Wednesday, October 05, 2005
Thursday forum on U.S. - Canada issues features international speakers, former Gov. Blanchard

Contact: AnnMarie Schneider or Amy Jo Baumer, Institute for Public Policy and Social Research,(517) 355-6672, or; or Geoff Koch, University Relations, (517) 432-0924 (office), (517) 243-9222 (cell),


Michigan State University will host former Gov. James J. Blanchard as the first Canadian National Railway (CN) Distinguished Lecturer at the inaugural CN Forum from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at the Kellogg Center Auditorium on the MSU campus.

CN, Canada’s largest freight railroad, has endowed an annual forum series focusing on policy issues concerning U.S.-Canada relations through MSU’s Canadian Studies Center. Additional support is provided by the Canadian Consulate General in Detroit and the MSU Institute of Public Policy and Social Research.

As the first CN Distinguished Lecturer, Blanchard will deliver a 1:30 p.m. keynote address titled “Strengthening Canada-U.S. Relations.”An MSU alumnus, Blanchard was named ambassador to Canada in May 1993 after serving two terms as Michigan governor (1983-1991) and four terms as a U.S. congressman (1975-1983). As ambassador, he managed a number of issues relative to both the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Open Skies Agreement.

Additional speakers include: Dennis Schornack, International Joint Commission U.S. Section chair; Rocco Delvecchio, Canadian Consul General; Eddie Francis, mayor of Windsor, Ontario; Harry Whalen, Michigan Economic Development Corp. senior vice president; and Tim Hoeffner, Michigan Department of Transportation policy adviser.

The CN Forum is open to the public at no charge. For more detailed inforamtion, visit the Web at or call (517) 353-9349.

For media availability or to arrange interviews with any of the CN Forum participants, please contact Geoff Koch, University Relations, at (517) 432-0924 (office) or (517) 243-9222 (cell) or Participants will be available for interviews from 1 to 1:30 p.m. and at the program’s conclusion. http://www.newsroom.msu...

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