May 29, 2003
$300 million for Windsor border crossing “good first step” says GM of Canada
Oshawa, Ontario – Responding to the federal and provincial government’s plans to spend $300 million on improvements to the road infrastructure at the Windsor border crossing, GM of Canada president and co-chair of the Canadian Automotive Partnership Council, Michael Grimaldi, said
the plan is a good first step in providing options for all traffic headed to the Detroit-Windsor crossing.
“The auto industry has advocated the need for alternatives for cargo traffic to reach and cross the border,” said Grimaldi. “This balanced plan for implementing the $300 million is a good first step and will begin providing options for all traffic headed to the Detroit-Windsor crossing. The plan points in the direction of developing the competitive options that are needed to ensure that the strategic trade link with the United States at Windsor functions securely and efficiently now and in the future.”
The Canadian Automotive Partnership Council (CAPC) was established by Industry Minister Allan Rock and the Ontario Minister of Enterprise, Opportunity and Innovation, Jim Flaherty in September 2002 and is comprised of senior executives from automobile manufacturers, parts makers, the CAW, the Ministers of Industry from the Federal, Ontario and Quebec governments and academia. Its mandate is to identify and prioritize actions needed to strengthen the Canadian automotive industry in the short and long term.