Still Number One
I am going to be rude. Are our City's politicians, at all political levels, some of the most foolish politicians in Canada?
I got this story from Today's Trucking magazine (See I read it too!) The article stated:
- "A recent Transport Canada annual report reinforces that Canada’s trucking sector is dominated cross-border trade with the U.S. ...
The study shows that five commodity groups accounted for 80 percent of total exports and 88 percent of total imports in 2004 and 2005: Automobiles and transportation equipment, machinery and electrical equipment, other manufacturing products, plastics and chemical products, and base metals/articles of base metal.
Not surprisingly, the busiest transborder trucking routes were in the autoparts and manufacturing rich Ontario-U.S. central region (accounting for $171.5 billion or 31 percent of total US/Canada trade in 2004); Ontario-US south region ($69.3 billion), and Ontario-US northeast region ($51.5 billion), accounting together for almost 80 percent of shipments...
"This just goes to show how important trucking is to Canada’s economy," said Canadian Trucking Alliance CEO David Bradley. "Sixty-three percent of Canada’s trade with the U.S. moves by truck. Border and highway infrastructure should be a major priority for federal and provincial governments."
Of course, when one looks at the stats from Transport Canada, (see above) we learn again that the Ambassador Bridge is the number one crossing in Canada.
What do our politicians do? Rejoice in the fact that we are a major border crossing. Congratulate the Bridge Co. management for their superior achievement. Figure out how we can form an alliance with them as they offered to do a year ago. Seize the opportunity to expand our economic base by becoming a major distribution centre [See what Northern New Jersey accomplished October 27, 2005 "Deep Throat"].
Naaaaaaawwww that would be too easy. That would make sense. Nope our politicians .....well you fill in the rest because I am too disgusted to do so!