April 28, 2005

Auto industry looking forward to Windsor-Detroit Gateway commitments

Toronto, Ontario – The president of the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturer’s Association (CVMA) is encouraged by the recent announcement made in Windsor, Ontario by the federal and provincial governments to move ahead with projects designed to implement improvements at the Windsor-Detroit Gateway.

“Canada is the eighth largest vehicle producer in the world. The Canadian automotive industry exports roughly 87 per cent of finished vehicles,” said Mark Nantais, president of CVMA. “It is critical to the economic growth of Canada that all three levels of government, including the federal, provincial and municipalities, work together cooperatively in order to achieve the best solutions for all concerned.

“Today it is estimated that the delays at the Windsor-Detroit crossing cost the province of Ontario $8.5 billion annually. Moving forward on these announcements will begin to address the costs which heavily impact the competitiveness of our industry. Working together on facilitating the legitimate flow of goods and people will mean greater prosperity and security for Canadians and competitiveness for Canadian industry.”

Approximately 75 per cent of the 4,880 trucks that DaimlerChrysler, Ford and General Motors send back and forth across the Canada/U.S. border each day utilize the Windsor-Detroit border crossing.

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