TORONTO-WASHINGTON, June 15, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Vehicle
Manufacturers' Association (CVMA) and the American Automotive Policy
Council (AAPC) commends Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Ontario
Premier Dalton McGuinty, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and U.S.
Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood for their leadership by
proceeding with a new international crossing for the Windsor- Detroit
gateway. Today's announcement will help eliminate the remaining hurdles
related to this infrastructure investment and will improve
international trade and commerce through this region.
CVMA President Mark Nantais stated: "We have long supported additional
international infrastructure capacity in the Windsor-Detroit gateway
because it is a critical trade corridor that supports automotive
manufacturing and jobs in both Canada and the United States."
AAPC President Matt Blunt added that "The scale of trade in automotive
products between the United States and Canada is unequalled anywhere
else in the world and the seamless nature of the auto manufacturing
industry that straddles our border, requires the necessary
infrastructure that this bridge represents."
With the highly integrated automotive industry between Canada and the
United States, automotive trade is worth roughly $100 Billion annually,
with the majority of production parts and finished vehicles flowing
through the Windsor-Detroit gateway. "As a result, the New
International Trade Crossing will help make the region more attractive
for future jobs and economic growth", said Nantais. Blunt added that
"The new crossing will help boost the competiveness of the North
American automotive industry and add 8,000 permanent jobs, according to
an independent economic study just completed by the Center for
Nantais also noted that "this new crossing will finish a much needed
uninterrupted link between Ontario's 400 series highways, the future
Windsor-Essex Parkway and Michigan's interstates and provides an option
that we believe necessary in such a critical trade corridor. We are
hopeful that both governments will proceed toward final design and
construction without delay."
AAPC, CVMA and its respective member companies commend the governments
for taking a leadership role towards construction of the much needed
new international crossing, ensuring the North American economies will
benefit from improved border flow.
About the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers' Association
The Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers' Association is the industry
association that has represented Canada's leading manufacturers of
light and heavy duty motor vehicles for more than 85 years. Its
membership includes Chrysler Canada Inc.; Ford Motor Company of Canada,
Limited; General Motors of Canada Limited; and Navistar Canada, Inc.
About the American Automotive Policy Council
The American Automotive Policy Council, Inc. (AAPC) is a Washington,
D.C.- based non-profit trade association that represents the common
public policy interests of its member companies: Chrysler Group,LLC,
Ford Motor Company and General Motors Company.
SOURCE Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers' Association (CVMA)
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Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers' Association
Governor Matt Blunt
American Automotive Policy Council