Masse in the House: Question on the Windsor-Detroit Border and Minister’s Briefing Notes

Mr. Brian Masse (Windsor West, NDP): Mr. Speaker, there is no greater conduit for trade between Canada and the United States than the Windsor-Detroit link. For years now, a new bridge has been in the works, but threatened legal action might thwart this important project. We now learn that the government is sitting on recommendations to shield the new bridge from any legal action.

    Why did the government pretend the new Detroit-Windsor bridge was on track? When will it table its support legislation to move the new bridge forward?

    The government's preoccupation with pipelines is costing manufacturing jobs.

 

 

Hon. Denis Lebel (Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, CPC)

 

    Hon. Denis Lebel (Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, CPC): Mr. Speaker, we remain fully committed to building the new publicly-owned crossing between Windsor and Detroit. We will continue to work with the governments of Michigan and the United States to examine options for delivering the new crossing. Already the Michigan governor, Mr. Snyder, has confirmed that this project remains a top priority for him. It is the same thing for our government.