Community’s decade-long fight to add border capacity finally moving forward

WINDSOR--After years of political wrangling, proponents of a new, publicly owned land-based crossing connecting Windsor and Detroit are finally celebrating its formal approval.

“This is the culmination of relentless efforts by citizens and organizations on both sides of the border who spent years fighting for this bridge despite seemingly insurmountable odds,” said NDP MP Brian Masse (Windsor West).

“This bridge is essential infrastructure that asserts our economic sovereignty. By standing together, we have ended a profiteering monopoly and made a crucial investment for our long-term prosperity.”

The Government of Canada and the State of Michigan concluded a deal this week that finances the project and secures the necessary executive authority to move forward. The new crossing will facilitate trade and travel between Canada and the United States by adding border infrastructure redundancy through the busiest corridor in North America.

Masse, the NDP critic for the Canada-United States border, spent over a decade advocating for the new bridge as both a city councillor and later as a Member of Parliament. 

NDP leader Thomas Mulcair says the new bridge is the achievement of a community galvanizing around sound public policy and determined leadership.

“This decade-long fight for by citizens from both sides of the border for critical public infrastructure shows what can be achieved when thousands of individuals come together for a common cause,” said Mulcair.

“Brian voiced their concerns and acted on their demands—he was the model of an elected official being responsive to their constituents.”

While Masse sees today’s announcement as a necessary next-step in the bi-national project, he adds that the details of the agreement must allow the region to benefit from the jobs and other economic stimulus that will come with the massive construction project.

"This is a tremendous day for this community. Now, we need to remain vigilant and committed to ensuring this region fully leverages the economic benefits that this project will yield."