MASSE APPLAUDS THE DECISION TO USE NORTH AMERICAN STEEL IN CONSTRUCTION OF NEW INTERNATIONAL BRIDGE

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December 14, 2012

MASSE APPLAUDS THE DECISION TO USE NORTH AMERICAN STEEL IN CONSTRUCTION OF NEW INTERNATIONAL BRIDGE 

WINDSOR, ON – Windsor West MP, Brian Masse, today applauded the decision by the United States Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to approve a waiver from a Buy American provision which now allows the use of Canadian and American steel and iron in the construction of the newly proposed Windsor-Detroit international bridge.

 The granting of this waiver was confirmed in the United States Federal Register on December 12, 2012, stating that “…it is the FHWA’s decision that the Governor’s request to partially waiver the application of Buy America to the NITC project to allow the use of both American and Canadian steel and iron is granted.”  A copy of this decision is attached.

 “I applaud this significant decision by the FHWA for allowing the use of Canadian steel and iron in this international bridge project.  This is significant to both Canada and the United States with this construction project bringing in thousands of jobs to our area and many more in spin-off jobs over the coming years,” stated Masse.  “I was honoured to add my comments to the public submissions for this waiver and to help emphasize the need for a cooperative approach to this new crossing that will bring jobs, increased trade and tourism to our region in the coming years.” 

 “I also want to thank all of the individuals and organizations that added their names to this public submission, especially those local ones, who helped raise awareness of the importance of this waiver.  At the same time, it is unfortunate that the Government of Canada did not make a submission for this waiver,” Masse said. “Let’s just get this project moving forward for the benefit of our community, businesses, and workers.”

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For further information:   Brian Masse 519-255-1631