WINDSOR - Brian Masse M.P. (Windsor West) has written the Prime Minister to clarify the full scope of the recent Executive Order limiting travel into the United States from President Trump. In the letter Masse continues to work to impress upon the Trudeau Government the massive impacts of Donald Trump’s Executive Order restricting travel into the United States. Unfortunately, the Trudeau Government seems unable to grasp the full scope of the impacts felt in Canada.
February 1st, 2017
MASSE CALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO CLARIFY CROSS BORDER ACCESS TO MEDICAL CARE
Yesterday during question period Brian Masse M.P. (Windsor West) asked the government if it had secured on-going access to US urgent care medical services for residents in border communities. Several border communities have shared medical services. In the Windsor-Essex region this system is most typically accessed in urgent care situations with patients in ambulatory care.
January 20th, 2017
Brian Masse M.P. Statement on the Inauguration of President Trump
Today was the official swearing in ceremony for President Trump. Canada and the United States’ common interests are defined by issues such as the economy including auto, our shared border infrastructure and the administrative capacity to support a robust trade relationship, as well as environmental stewardship. Our collective and cooperative vigilance to improve the quality of life for all of our citizens will be the measurement of our success.
January 9th, 2017
Brian Masse Statement on NEW Bridge Company Lawsuit
December 1st, 2016
AUDITOR GENERAL REPORT EXPOSES BILLION DOLLAR TRANSPARENCY PROBLEM: MASSE
October 4th, 2016
MASSE DELIVERS SPEECH TO THE CAN/AM BORDER TRADE ALLIANCE IN WASHINGTON D.C.
August 5th, 2016
MASSE CONCERNED BORDER PROJECT LEADERSHIP LOSING FOCUS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AUGUST 5TH, 2016
MASSE CONCERNED BORDER PROJECT LEADERSHIP LOSING FOCUS
[WINDSOR] Brian Masse M.P. (Windsor West) expressed deep concerns with the WDBA leadership regarding the progress on the Gordie Howe International Bridge Project. Recently the Interim Chair along with the President and CEO of the Windsor Detroit Bridge Authority held a media conference that outlined some major problems with the project.
June 30th, 2016
O Canada! We Finally Have Our Microbeads Victory
February 25th, 2016
MASSE AND RAMSEY SUPPORT LASALLE REQUEST FOR ENVIRONMENT MINISTER TO INVESTIGATE PROPOSED MARATHON REFINERY EXPANSION
WINDSOR – The State of Michigan is currently considering an application from the Marathon Petroleum Company to expand capacity at their refinery located in Detroit MI in close proximity to the Canada/US border. This proposal if allowed to proceed would increase Sulfur Dioxide emissions from the facility by nearly 40%.
February 3rd, 2016
MASSE STATEMENT ON CITY OF DETROIT DENIAL OF PETCOKE STORAGE APPLICATION
I would like to congratulate the City of Detroit for making a wise decision to protect our air and water by denying an application to allow harmful petcoke to be stored on the waterfront. This decision acknowledges the human connection to the environment and places the well being and quality of life for people on both sides of the Canada-United States border at the forefront of the governing process.
January 28th, 2016
MASSE PITCHES SHORT LISTED CONSORTIUMS FOR NEW CROSSING ON BIKE LANES
January 20th, 2016
LOCAL NEW DEMOCRATS TO READY TO PUSH LOCAL AGENDA AND HOLD GOVERNMENT TO ACCOUNT
May 25th, 2015
NDP MPs MASSE AND LESLIE URGE GOVERNMENT TO MOVE ON MICROBEADS
[OTTAWA] Brian Masse NDP MP (Windsor West) and Official Opposition Critic for the Great Lakes and Meagan Leslie NDP MP (Halifax) and Official Opposition Critic for the Environment are calling on the Harper government to live up to their commitment to act to address the microbead crisis. Several weeks after unanimously passing an NDP motion in the House of Commons to address the environmental impact of microbeads the Harper Government refuses to take any action to address this crisis whatsoever. The NDP motion passed the House with all party support and offers specific, immediate and proscriptive measures to proceed.
May 7th, 2015
MASSE IN THE HOUSE: Masse Questions Minister on Proposed Storage of Nuclear Waste Plan
Hansard - May 7, 2015
Mr. Brian Masse (Windsor West, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the plan to bury radioactive waste in southern Ontario right next to the Great Lakes is now in the hands of the Minister of the Environment. Communities on both sides of the international border, representing millions of people, have expressed serious concerns with the process. They are worried about the potential impact of radiation and the Great Lakes together side by side. No other alternatives were even considered. Many people feel they were not adequately consulted, including municipalities and the U.S. Congress.
April 23rd, 2015
MASSE SUBMITS LETTER TO TRANPORT CANADA OPPOSING AMBASSADOR BRIDGE TWINNING PROPOSAL
[OTTAWA] Brian Masse NDP M.P. (Windsor West) and Official Opposition Critic for the Canada-US Border has submitted a letter to Transport Canada expressing his opposition to the Detroit International Bridge Company’s (DIBC) proposed Ambassador Bridge Enhancement Project (ABEP). Transport Canada is accepting feedback from the public on the ABEP proposal until Monday April 27th.
March 9th, 2015
MASSE IN THE HOUSE: C-46 An Act to amend the National Energy Board Act and the Canada Oil and Gas Operations Act
Mr. Brian Masse (Windsor West, NDP): Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise today on this important bill to have the polluter pays principle apply to some of the government's legislation, which has been long sought after in this chamber. Therefore, Bill C-46, an act to amend the National Energy Board Act and the Canada Oil and Gas Operations Act, will be receiving our support to send it to committee.
February 10th, 2015
NDP Opposition Letter to Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
Attention: Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC)
Subject: HEUNL Technical Assessment
February 10, 2015
We are writing today with a sense of urgency and requesting that CNSC reject Atomic Energy Canada Limited (AECL) plan to truck 23,000 litres of extremely radioactive liquid waste (containing highly-enriched uranium) from its Ontario Chalk River facility to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site in South Carolina.
February 4th, 2015
MASSE IN THE HOUSE: Questioning Harper Government on Bad Border Deal
Mr. Brian Masse (Windsor West, NDP): Mr. Speaker, as a city councillor and MP, I have been advocating for a new border crossing for the Windsor-Detroit corridor. This is crucial for the economy and prosperity for both Canada and the united States, but the current government has negotiated such a poor deal, Canada has to front nearly $1 billion and pay for both countries. Despite a U.S. federal budget of roughly $3.5 trillion, the Conservatives could not even get the United States to pay for their own customs plaza, leaving it all up to Canadians.
December 9th, 2014
MASSE CONFIRMS NEW INVASIVE CARPS REGULATIONS INCLUDE EVISCERATION
[OTTAWA] Last week the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) brought forward new regulations aimed at mitigating the presence of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) in Canada. These regulations come months after NDP Critic for the Great Lakes Brian Masse MP (Windsor West) launched a campaign to address the threat of infestation from Invasive Carps. In October Masse tabled a Private Members Bill C-629 An Act to Amend the Fisheries Act (Invasive Carp) that would have dramatically reduced this threat from the land border crossing vector, identified by DFO as a significant vulnerability.
December 5th, 2014
MASSE DECLARES POSSIBLE VICTORY AS GOVERNMENT BRINGS NEW REGULATIONS TO ADDRESS AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES
Will Scrutinize To Ensure Measures Are Strong Enough
[WINDSOR] Brian Masse MP (Windsor West) and NDP Critic for the Great Lakes is declaring victory today after Gail Shea Minister of Fisheries and Oceans announced new regulations to address Aquatic Invasive Species. On October 1st Mr. Masse tabled a bill in the House of Commons that appears to include several of the same measures found in the new regulations including increasing fines and extending enforcement powers to CBSA Officers.
October 9th, 2014
MASSE QUESTIONS THE MINISTER OF PUBLIC SAFETY ON BORDER SECURITY
June 11th, 2014
Plastic in our water? Masse calls on the IJC to investigate
OTTAWA ON-Brian Masse, NDP MP for Windsor West and Official Opposition Critic for the Great Lakes launched the latest in his efforts to keep our lakes great by calling for the International Joint Commission (IJC) to investigate and provide potential solutions to the levels of micro plastics in the basin.
April 9th, 2014
BOARD DISMISSES PETCOKE APPEAL: WATERFRONT REMAINS PROTECTED
The City of Detroit’s Board of Zoning Appeals (The Board) dismissed an appeal from Detroit Bulk Storage—the company that was storing massive piles of petroleum coke on the Detroit River waterfront last year. The original decision from the City’s Building Safety Engineering and Environmental Department (BSEED) denied an application from the company to store petroleum coke at a site on the Detroit side of our waterfront. The Board found that the applicants did not have standing to bring this issue before them since they were not the owners of the property.
April 1st, 2014
MASSE IN THE HOUSE: QUESTIONS TRANSPORT MINISTER ON DRIC FUNDING PROBLEMS
Mr. Brian Masse (Windsor West, NDP): Mr. Speaker, since signing the crossing agreement, the new Windsor-Detroit bridge project, often referred to as Canada's top infrastructure priority, has been utterly mismanaged by the Conservative government. The latest problem is the U.S. government is refusing to say who will pay the $250 million needed for the U.S. customs plaza.
April 1st, 2014
DRIC QUESTIONS NEED ANSWERS
[WINDSOR] The NDP Critic for the Canada-US Border Brian Masse has written Transport Minister Lisa Raitt urging the government to refocus on a project they have consistently referred to as “Canada’s top infrastructure priority”, the Detroit River International Crossing project (DRIC). The project has faced several setbacks including labour strife, non construction code compliance, lack of effective oversight and subcontractors refusing to pay local suppliers. Recently the question of who will finance the U.S. Customs plaza has emerged.
March 4th, 2014
BRIAN MASSE MP Statement on Regional Implications of Today's US Federal Budget
August 13th, 2013
Brian Masse M.P. letter to Hon. Lisa Raitt Minister of Tranport on Ambassador Bridge toll increases
Hon. Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport
House of Commons
Dear Minister Raitt,
The owners of the Detroit International Bridge Co. have elected to increase the tolls on their crossing. This 5 percent fare increase on international travelers utilizing the Ambassador Bridge is essentially an additional border tax that will take money out of the pockets of travelers, commuters and businesses. It will apply to automobiles, passenger vehicles, station wagons, personal vans and empty pickups from $4.75/crossing to $5.00/crossing effective August 15th.
July 26th, 2013
NATYSHAK AND MASSE WRITE TRANSPORT MINISTER ON GIRDER FAILURE
[WINDSOR, ON] Amid revelations that hundreds of non-code compliant girders were installed on the Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway; Brian Masse M.P. (Windsor West) and Taras Natyshak M.P.P. (Essex) have written a joint letter to Ontario’s Transportation Minister Glen Murray seeking answers to questions raised by this issue. It has additionally come to light that both the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) and the Minister himself allowed the installation of non-compliant girders to proceed with full knowledge that they did not meet code requirements.
July 19th, 2013
BRIAN MASSE M.P. STATEMENT REGARDING THE CITY OF DETROIT FILING FOR BANKRUPTCY
June 4th, 2013
MASSE IN THE HOUSE: Speaking on Budget Bill C-60 and Border Concerns
Mr. Brian Masse (Windsor West, NDP): Mr. Speaker, it is a pleasure to speak on Bill C-60 here today. I know that you have been in the House a number of times when I had a chance to talk about the border, and you will hear more about that as the previous member did mention what is taking place on the Windsor-Detroit corridor with a new public border crossing being created.
May 27th, 2013
MASSE LETTER TO MDOT CONDEMNING RECOMMENDATION TO ALLOW HAZMAT FREIGHT ON AMBASSADOR BRIDGE
April 22nd, 2013
MASSE IN THE HOUSE: Brian Masse Questions the Government on their Actions on the Proposed DHS Border Fees
Mr. Brian Masse (Windsor West, NDP): The problem, Mr. Speaker, is Conservatives are preoccupied and obsessed with shipping 40,000 jobs to the U.S. down the Keystone pipeline at the expense of everything else in Washington. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce president said that making the borders thicker is exactly the wrong way to go and the Conservative government already set the example by setting the stage for cuts from the U.S.
April 12th, 2013
BRIAN MASSE STATEMENT ON PRESIDENTIAL PERMIT:
With the issuing of the Presidential Permit for the new public crossing connecting Windsor-Detroit we have cleared an important hurdle in the process to add meaningful and necessary border capacity through our region. This is a significant next step and I am happy to see this project moving forward.
April 12th, 2013
MASSE MEETS SCOTISH TRANPORT TO DISCUSS PUBLIC NAMIN PROCESS FOR NEW CROSSING
Scottish Government Developed Process That ‘Captured the Imagination’ Of the Public
[WINDSOR] Brian Masse MP (Windsor West) Official Opposition Critic for the Canada/US Border recently met with Scottish Transport Minister Keith Brown to discuss the public naming process developed by his government for the new Forth replacement crossing. The Scottish Government is currently constructing a new bridge over the Forth River billed by the Scottish Government as “the biggest single infrastructure project in Scotland for a generation.”
March 7th, 2013
MASSE URGES MINISTER TO TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION ON MASSIVE DETROIT RIVER PETCOKE PILE
Massive Piles of Dangerous Material Uncontained Near Water Supply
[WINDSOR] Brian Masse NDP MP (Windsor West) Critic for the Canada/US border is urging Environment Minister Peter Kent to take immediate action to mitigate any potential environmental impacts to the Detroit River. Recently massive piles of petroleum coke have appeared on Detroit’s waterfront, experts indicate that the impact could be significant.
January 15th, 2013
MASSE ON NAMING NEW CROSSING: ENGAGE THE PUBLIC
Bi-national public naming process appropriately reflects Canada-US partnership
[WINDSOR ON] Brian Masse M.P. (Windsor West) and NDP Border Critic wants the public in both Canada and the United States to have input into the naming of the new crossing connecting Windsor-Detroit. Masse has written the Minister of Transport Denis Lebel, U.S. Transport Secretary Ray Lahood and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder urging them to work toward creating a bi-national process that engages the public to come up with a name for the new crossing.
October 1st, 2012
MASSE IN THE HOUSE: Masse Questions Public Safety Minister on CBSA Cuts
October 1, 2012
Mr. Brian Masse (Windsor West, NDP): Mr.Speaker, instead of strengthening the border, increasing efficiency, thegovernment decided to cut and slash border services to Canadians. It is cuttingfront-line border officer jobs, including 40 intelligence officers, and thedetector dog programs.
October 1st, 2012
IJC UPDATES MASSE ON HUM: Commission Will Make Recommendation to Minister Baird Within Weeks
Windsor, ON] The office of Brian MasseM.P. (Windsor West) NDP Critic for the Canada-US border has been updated on theInternational Joint Commission’s (IJC) progress investigating the Windsor-EssexCounty Hum. In June Foreign AffairsMinister John Baird asked the IJC to “help develop a science-based approachwhich would assist governments to identify the source of the disturbance.” At this point the IJC is close to completingits investigation and will soon be making its recommendations to the Minister.
September 18th, 2012
Masse Questions Public Safety Minister on Cuts to Canada Border Services Agency
Mr. Brian Masse (Windsor West, NDP):Mr. Speaker, again the Conservatives would rather make things up thandefend the interests of Canadians. For a government that talks so much about crime, the minister seems pretty keen to make it easier for criminals to smuggle drugs and guns across the border. This summer he even ordered CBSA to stop searching for drugs headed for the U.S. at border crossing.
August 15th, 2012
MASSE, CUSTOMS AND IMMIGRATION UNION & DETROIT PORT AUTHORITY TO DISCUSS FERRY BORDER LOGISTICS: Restoring Ferry Service Between Windsor-Detroit Has Strong Support
June 19th, 2012
MASSE LAUDS CANADA-MICHIGAN BORDER DEAL
January 31st, 2012
MASSE IN THE HOUSE: On Perimeter Security at the Border
January 30, 2012
Mr. Brian Masse (Windsor West, NDP): Mr. Speaker, I think it is important to start this debate by acknowledging the effect the changing relationship between Canada and the United States has had on the border in the last number of years. That is why I rose in the House of Commons to ask the minister about a 29-point plan that was being put in place with the United States with a lot of secrecy. In fact, there was very little consultation with businesses and other organizations or groups. One could go online and make a submission, but only 1,000 people actually visited the Web site and very few contributed to that discussion. It was done in a vacuum. Therefore, there could not be the debate and exchange of information that we would normally have at committees that actually brings the issue, which is much more complex and evolved, to the table in a more open and accountable forum for Canadian citizens.
December 15th, 2011
MASSE IN THE HOUSE: Questioning the Government on the Closure of More Border Crossings
December 14th, 2011
MASSE: HARPER GOVERNMENT INACTION JEOPARDIZES DRIC PROJECT
Harper Government Ignoring Potential Legal Challenges that Could Delay or Derail DRIC
[OTTAWA] Startling new information surfaced today when it was revealed that the Harper Government is ignoring a Transport Canada recommendation to bring forward legislation that would inoculate the DRIC project from potential legal challenges for the proposed new crossing between Windsor and Detroit. An Access to Information request for the Minister of Transportation’s briefing book revealed that the Harper Government was in fact aware of potential legal challenges to the DRIC that could delay the project moving forward on the Canadian side.
December 14th, 2011
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.
November 30th, 2011
MASSE IN THE HOUSE: On Border Perimeter Security November 29 & November 30
Brian Masse on Perimeter Security
November 30, 2011
Mr. Brian Masse (Windsor West, NDP): Mr. Speaker, how can anyone trust the government? Every time it negotiates with the Americans, it costs Canadian jobs and Canadian families lose out. That is the record. From the softwood lumber sell-out, thickening the border or new fees slapped on Canadians to the government's botched efforts on buy American, Conservatives have failed to defend the interests of Canadians every single time.
October 25th, 2011
MASSE IN THE HOUSE: Questions the Minister on Border Taxes
Masse on Border Tax by USA on Canadians
Mr. Brian Masse (Windsor West, NDP): Mr. Speaker, Canadian families will now have to face a new tax every time they fly into the United States. It is an added expense at a time when budgets are already over-stretched. Conservatives claim to be serious about dealing with the border thickening, but what do we get? We get higher taxes, more fees and greater wait times.
October 5th, 2011
MASSE QUESTIONS HARPER GOVERNMENT ON BORDER PERIMETER SECURITY DEAL
MASSE QUESTIONS HARPER GOVERNMENT ON
BORDER PERIMETER SECURITY DEAL
OTTAWA, ON – Brian Masse MP (NDP Critic for the Canada-US Border) questioned the Harper Government today, in the House of Commons, on their history of signing deals with the United States which have significantly harmed Canadians and our economy.
September 28th, 2011