Government of Canada reaffirms intention to seek a partnership with private sector in building a new Windsor border crossing

    TORONTO, Nov. 27 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister
of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, was in Toronto today to seek a
partnership with the private sector in the building of a new Windsor border
crossing as part of the Government of Canada's $33 billion Building Canada
infrastructure plan.
    Speaking at the annual conference of the Canadian Council for
Public-Private Partnerships, Minister Cannon reaffirmed the Government of
Canada's commitment to increasing border crossing capacity between Windsor and
Detroit as a priority project for the Ontario-Quebec Continental Gateway and
Trade Corridor. Yesterday in Washington, D.C., Minister Cannon signed a
Memorandum of Cooperation with Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters that
commits Transport Canada and the United states Department of Transportation to
keeping a high priority on enhancing the capacity of the border crossing
infrastructure in the Detroit-Windsor region.
    "We are experiencing the second-longest period of economic expansion in
Canadian history. That's why our Government is investing in modern,
world-class infrastructure projects that foster a stronger economy, a cleaner
environment and safer, more prosperous communities," said Minister Cannon.
"The new Windsor-Detroit border crossing is clearly a priority. A stronger
border crossing will be good for Ontario, and good for the country."
    Minister Cannon said that it was the Government of Canada's intention to
seek private sector participation to design, build, finance and operate the
Canadian inspection plaza and portion of the new bridge between Windsor and
Detroit, while at the same time ensuring effective public oversight.
    Building Canada will also benefit Ontario by supporting infrastructure
priorities including transportation; public transit; green energy; and waste
water systems. Building Canada was developed in consultation with provinces,
territories and municipalities in the spirit of open federalism. Along with
funding partners and the private sector, it is expected to inject more than
$50 billion to ramp up our country's infrastructure.

For further information:

For further information: Karine White, Press Secretary, Office of the
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Ottawa, (613) 991-0700;
Mark Butler, Communications, Windsor Gateway Project, Transport Canada,
Windsor, (519) 967-4280; Transport Canada is online at Subscribe
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