(Roy B. Norton – Consul General of Canada)
Michigan lawmakers have many reasons to support an agreement with Canada that would build a new bridge across the Detroit River. None is more compelling than the economic advantages this project will bring to their state.
But this is an Ohio issue too — which presumably is why the state Senate unanimously passed a resolution last year endorsing the New International Trade Crossing.
Canada is the leading trade partner of the United States and Ohio. More than 300,000 Ohio jobs depend on trade with Canada — almost 20,000 of these in Lucas, Wood, and Hancock counties.
Exports from Ohio to Canada increased last year by more than 20 percent over 2009. As it has for many years, Ohio continues to enjoy a significant trade surplus with Canada. Modern border infrastructure linking the Midwest to Canada is essential to moving existing and future trade.
The New International Trade Crossing — a six-lane, state-of-the-art bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario — and other infrastructure enhancements will strengthen Toledo’s efforts to become a transportation and logistics gateway. That’s why the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments strongly supports the project. Read more here.
Date: October 16, 2011