MASSE DECLARES VICTORY WITH NEW BRIDGE AND PLAZA LOCATION DECISION


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 18, 2008

MASSE DECLARES VICTORY WITH NEW BRIDGE AND PLAZA LOCATION DECISION
Federal government listened to Sandwich Towne residents

Windsor, On- Today, Brian Masse, Member of Parliament (Windsor West) and NDP Transport, Automotive and Border Critic, declared victory with the Detroit River International Crossing (DRIC) announcement of the bridge and plaza location of the next crossing.

“The residents of Sandwich Towne have been listened to. People in Windsor have been heard. The bridge and plaza location selected by the DRIC, out of the choices available, is where we wanted it to be. Today is a victory for all of those who have fought for years, held an uncountable number of meetings, questioned everyone and demanded answers, and never gave up, to make this happen,” Masse declared. “I am proud and impressed by what the residents of this community have achieved. Real citizenship in action.”

The DRIC announced the preferred alternative of Plaza B and Crossing B as the final selection for the location of the new bridge between Windsor and Detroit. Construction is to begin late next year. Issues to still be resolved include the financing, governance and operations of the new crossing as well as compensation and mitigation agreements for the city of Windsor and affected residents and businesses.

“With this important battle over there are still a few more skirmishes left to wage before the war has been won. The new crossing must be publicly owned and operated. No P3s (public private partnerships). A border authority must be put in place for this region. The Sandwich Towne development fund has to be established. A community reinvestment trust for Windsor is needed along with the appropriate mitigation and compensation for residents and the restoration of lost tax revenue for the city,” Masse exclaimed.

Recently, a motion was passed at the US-Canada Inter-Parliamentary Group (composed of federal legislators of each country) calling for public ownership and administration of the new border crossing between Windsor and Detroit for economic and security reason. The Canadian federal government has committed to public ownership of the next crossing in Budget 2007 but is also examining the potential of P3 for the operation of the new bridge. The DRIC is to reveal its governance model as part of its mandate. This determination is expected later this year.
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