MASSE, CUSTOMS AND IMMIGRATION UNION & DETROIT PORT AUTHORITY TO DISCUSS FERRY BORDER LOGISTICS: Restoring Ferry Service Between Windsor-Detroit Has Strong Support

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AUGUST 15, 2012

 MASSE, CUSTOMS AND IMMIGRATION UNION & DETROIT PORT AUTHORITY TO DISCUSS FERRY BORDER LOGISTICS

Restoring Ferry Service Between Windsor-Detroit Has Strong Support

 

[DETROIT, MI] The push to restore ferry service between Windsor-Detroit will require a collaborative and constructive approach from numerous stakeholders.  The question of where the Canadian Customs officials would be housed took a major logistical step forward today when Brian Masse NDP MP and Critic for the Canada-US Border and Customs and Immigration Union Vice President Jason McMichael toured the Detroit Port Authority facility. 

 

Masse discussed some of the issues and the campaign to restore ferry service between Windsor and Detroit: “We already have a number of stakeholders who are supporting this initiative including elected officials as well community groups and organizations in both Canada and the US.  We are continuing to pick up support but we need to focus as well on the logistics of what must be in place in order to re-instate this service and assess how we can leverage our existing infrastructure to effectively and efficiently meet that goal.”

 

A critical element of restoring ferry service between Windsor and Detroit will be to house the CBSA Border Agents in an appropriate facility.  It could be possible to locate Canadian Customs and Immigration services in the Detroit Port Authority facility along with US Customs and Border Protection Officers.

 

Jason McMichael is touring the Detroit Port Authority facility to determine the feasibility of placing Canadian Customs and Immigration Officers on foreign soil from his union’s perspective.  “This situation would not be unique between Canada and the US.  There are a number of jointly operated ports of entry between Canada and the United States.  I’m here to assess the viability of placing the workers I represent in this facility.”

 

Masse added:  “I know there is a long history of ferry service connecting Windsor and Detroit.  Re-instating this service may deepen the cultural connections between our two communities.”

 

 

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