(Globe & Mail)
The Conservative government and the Michigan governor’s office have secured a deal to build a second bridge between Windsor and Detroit – a historic accord aimed at unclogging North America’s most important trade artery after decades of setbacks. [...]
The agreement requires Canada and the United States to compromise on a hot-button subject: the rules stipulating where the material to build the bridge and associated U.S. infrastructure must come from. Canada would have preferred a no-restrictions approach to steel and other materials, while Michigan had favoured a “buy American” rule.
The tradeoff is that all iron and steel for any component of the bridge, or the approaches and customs plaza on the U.S. side, must originate from Canada or the United States. The measure is an attempt to reassure Michiganders who were warned by bridge opponents that the steel might come from cheaper overseas suppliers in China or South Korea. Read more here.
Date: June 15, 2012