November 27, 2007

Canada and the United States sign agreement to increase border capacity at Detroit-Windsor corridor

Washington, D.C. – Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, and United States Secretary of Transportation, Mary E. Peters, announced that Canada and the United States have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) to maintain a high priority on the development of enhanced capacity of the border-crossing infrastructure in the Detroit-Windsor region. The MOC follows the direction given at the North American Leaders’ Summit on August 21, 2007, in Montebello, Quebec, Canada by the Prime Minister of Canada and the President of the United States.

“Canada is experiencing the second-largest period of economic expansion in Canadian history. That is why the Government of Canada is committed to developing additional border capacity along the Windsor-Detroit corridor,” said Minister Cannon. “It is a crucial support to the continued growth of the economies of Canada and the United States.”

“Providing new capacity at this critical crossing will strengthen our economies, cut congestion, and improve the flow of goods and people that define the special relationship between our two nations,” Secretary Peters said.

Increased border crossing capacity and an efficient and secure Windsor-Detroit Corridor are key priorities for the governments of Canada and the United States. The MOC provides opportunities for the two governments to commit publicly to continue working together to develop a crossing that not only benefits the economies of Michigan and Ontario, but supports the economies of our two countries. Transport Canada and the U.S. Department of Transportation will coordinate with interested federal agencies and with provincial and state partners to strengthen collaboration on this critical project.

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