Masse in the House on the Conservative government and the border
November 10th, 2006 - 12:38am
Mr. Brian Masse (Windsor West, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the Windsor-Detroit border is the busiest and most important border between Canada and the United States. Approximately $1 billion a day in trade and tens of thousands of vehicles and trucks cross per day.
For years various Liberal ministers and prime ministers gave empty promises and lip service to fixing the congestion, pollution and safety problems that jeopardize our most important economic link to trade.
Now it appears the Conservative government is following in the Liberals' footsteps by not providing answers and not taking the leadership that our community deserves and was promised.
The NDP has proposed a long term funding solution that creates a by-pass; supports non-obtrusive infrastructure solutions like tunnelling; compensation for property owners that is accountable; public ownerships; and an environmental legacy fund to enhance our ecosystems.
These solutions are not only good for the local community but the economic vibrancy from Windsor to Montreal. Real investment decisions throughout Quebec and Ontario are being decided today. It is about time the Conservatives stepped forward and supported the community like they promised or show that they are just like the Liberals and there is no difference and Canadians need to make a change.