MASSE CHALLENGES PROVINCE TO REACH CONSENSUS WITH CITY ON ACCESS ROUTE: Province must take advantage of 50 percent federal funding of Border Access Route

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August 25, 2009

MASSE CHALLENGES PROVINCE TO REACH CONSENSUS WITH CITY ON ACCESS ROUTE: Province must take advantage of 50 percent federal funding of Border Access Route

WINDSOR, ON- Today, Brian Masse, M. P. (Windsor West) and NDP Industry, Automotive, and Border Critic, challenged the Province of Ontario to reach consensus with the City of Windsor on the access route to the new border crossing.

“Now is the time for the Province of Ontario to take advantage of the opportunity provided by the federal government’s commitment to fund 50 percent of the costs of the access route-a provincial responsibility- and arrive at a solution with the City of Windsor,” Masse declared. “I am disappointed that there is not full tunnelling, which was always possible technically and environmentally but as the Liberal provincial cabinet displayed this week, not politically. It is a missed opportunity. I hope the province does not miss another.”

The provincial Liberal cabinet approved the Detroit River International Crossing environmental assessment of the Windsor-Essex Parkway which will link Highway 401 to the new bridge border crossing. The City of Windsor insists on their Greenlink proposal access route alternative as a better solution which provides for more green space and longer sections of the roadway which are to be covered.

“The political decision the provincial Liberal cabinet made this week to choose the cheapest option for the access route to the new border crossing unfortunately lowers the standard for infrastructure projects in this area, including the new bridge. This is the opposite of what the local provincial member for Windsor West claimed she is for, when speaking of the new bridge just last week. There is still time for the Minister and her cabinet colleagues to live up to her statements concerning the need for world class signature infrastructure in this region. The opportunity is there. I hope they reconsider and choose the solution the City of Windsor and the residents of the community have offered. That would be groundbreaking.” Masse stated.

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