New bridge will proceed despite Michigan vote, MP says
The proposed new Windsor-Detroit bridge may hit a snag if Michigan voters turn it down, but Canadian politicians are confident the project will move forward in the end.
Essex Conservative MP Jeff Watson said he isn't concerned about the more than 600,000 voters who signed the petition against the bridge.
"I don't think there is anything to doubt with respect to the new international crossing," said Watson. "I'm confident the bridge will proceed."
Watson said plans are still proceeding as scheduled and the government is seeking companies to design and build the $1-billion crossing.
"Our resolve is very firm. Obviously the prime minister came down to make that announcement very recently," said Watson. "It has been the number one infrastructure priority with the government. We have an interlocal agreement with Michigan and I think this project will proceed."
Defence Minister Peter MacKay was in Windsor Thursday and echoed Watson's sentiment, insisting the Canadian government is committed to seeing a new bridge built.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper came to Windsor on June 15 and announced the new Canadian-financed bridge alongside Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder.
Harper insisted at the announcement the bridge will built, despite any future legal challenges.