The vote by the people of Michigan to defeat a ballot proposition that would have held up construction of the long-awaited second bridge at Windsor-Detroit, is “terrific news and shows that the people of Michigan reject the self-interest and cronyism that so many of the state’s legislators have fallen victim to in recent years,” says David Bradley, president of the Ontario Trucking Association.
Voters soundly rejected Proposal 6, the proposed constitutional amendment supported by the owners of the private Ambassador Bridge to delay or block the planned New International Trade Crossing (NITC) bridge between Detroit and Windsor.
The voters’ defeat of Prop 6 helps clear the path for Gov. Rick Snyder and Canadian officials to proceed with the NITC project unimpeded.
Bradley, who has been an ardent supporter of a new, publicly-owned bridge for many years credits the efforts of Governor Rick Snyder, and the hard work of a dedicated group private citizens and business groups “in overcoming a campaign against the new bridge which has been founded more on financial might than what is right.” He also commended the Government of Canada and its officials in the Canadian Consulate in Detroit for its leadership.
Denis Lebel, Federal Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities has also welcomed the result of Proposition 6 on the Michigan ballot.
“The defeat of Proposition 6 clears the way for the construction of the new bridge across the Detroit River. This is good news for travellers, workers and industry on both sides of the border, who will benefit from the new publicly-owned bridge. The new bridge will attract new investments and business opportunities to boost our local and national economies and will result in much needed jobs for Ontario and Michigan communities.”
“The new crossing will also increase border capacity to handle future trade and travel growth, and will be built with the security of both our countries in mind,” said Lebel.