May 28, 2003


Auto industry commends government plans to improve border crossings

Windsor, Ontario – Canada’s automotive industry applauded the plans announced by the federal and provincial governments to move forward with $300 million in improvements to reduce congestion and improve access for traffic headed towards the Windsor-Detroit border crossings with the United States.

“The plan announced today by the two governments provides the impetus needed to begin making access improvements to the existing crossings and ensure that the Bi-National Review process, designed to recommend long term infrastructure improvements, will not be compromised,” said Ed Brust, Chairman and CEO of DaimlerChrysler Canada, and Chair of the Canadian Automotive Partnership Council Sub-Committee on Trade and Infrastructure. “Governments have clearly demonstrated the need to take action to implement the announced investment for the Windsor-Detroit crossing which is the strategic trade link for the auto industry.”

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.

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