OTTAWA, June 15, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Chamber of Commerce welcomes
today's a agreement to build a New International Trade Crossing between
Detroit, Michigan and Windsor, Ontario.
"With about half of all trade between Canada and the US moving across
the Michigan-Ontario border, the region is at the heart of our
bilateral trading relationship. A new bridge is long overdue," said
Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.
He added: "The region can't continue to rely on one major span. If the
Ambassador Bridge were closed for any reason, even just for repairs, it
could have catastrophic effects on the economies of both nations. A new
bridge will create more than 10,000 construction jobs and will
strengthen the industrial base in both countries. It's a win for
citizens and businesses on both sides of the border."
"The Windsor-Essex Chamber and the Canadian Chamber have long advocated
for this critical cross-border infrastructure investment at
Windsor-Detroit. Windsor-Detroit is the economic lifeline for both our
countries and we are elated that our two governments have the agreement
in place to proceed. "said Matt Marchand, President and CEO,
Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce.
The Canadian business community has been demanding a second bridge
between Windsor and Detroit for several years. About 10,000 commercial
vehicles cross the Ambassador Bridge each day. Almost a quarter of all
merchandise trade between Canada and the U.S. uses the bridge which
links highly integrated sectors like the automotive industry. However,
these same supply lines are extremely vulnerable to delays, especially
at the border. These delays add costs that decrease productivity and
"When more than one quarter of Canada-U.S trade travels through the
Windsor-Detroit corridor, the efficient movement of goods and people in
this region becomes extremely important to a healthy and growing
Ontario economy," said Allan O'Dette, Ontario Chamber of Commerce,
President & CEO. "The Detroit River International Crossing will
eliminate lengthy backlogs and open up opportunities for further
economic growth and job creation, on both sides of the border."
"Today's announcement marks an important new stage in the process" added
Mr. Beatty. "The Canadian government and Governor Snyder have worked
hard to get us to this point. Now we need to see the project through."
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is the vital connection between
business and the federal government. It helps shape public policy and
decision-making to the benefit of businesses, communities and families
across Canada with a network of over 420 chambers of commerce and
boards of trade, representing 192,000 businesses of all sizes in all
sectors of the economy and in all regions. News and information are
available at www.chamber.ca or follow us on Twitter @CdnChamberofCom.
SOURCE CANADIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
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Émilie S. Potvin
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