April 25, 2006

Federal government to take over international bridges and tunnels

Ottawa, Ontario – The Canadian government has tabled legislation that will give it the authority to oversee all bridges and tunnels from Canada to the United States. Lawrence Cannon, Federal Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, tabled the International Bridges and Tunnels Act in the House of Commons on Monday.

“For the first time, the Government of Canada is establishing a legislative framework to enable it to exercise authority over international bridges and tunnels,” said Mr. Cannon. “Our government has a responsibility to ensure that any crossing supports the national interests for safety, security and the efficient movement of people and goods. This act also meets the government’s agenda of securing Canada’s borders, improving infrastructure and supporting the creation of jobs through international trade.”

There are currently 24 international vehicular bridges and tunnels and five international railway tunnels linking Canada and the United States. These bridges and tunnels carry the vast majority of Canadian trade with the United States and play a vital role in Canada’s transportation system.

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