"We All Felt That There Is More To This Than We Know"
- "It should not be this hard to spend a billion private dollars in the State of Michigan with the problems that are going on in the State of Michigan today."
Stamper talks about the Budget fight in Michigan. He goes right after the Governor, MDOT and its Director. He claims that they have said that the Ambassador Bridge project is the best project but for Canada saying that they will not allow it to land in Windsor. Stamper states that Canada has never been quoted in saying that anywhere. He states that Transport Canada said everything but that in their meeting in Ottawa last week. Their position was that if the EA is correct Canada will not stop them from building their bridge!
He wonders why Michigan is "blaming Canada!"
Possible competition between MDOT and the Bridge Co. at the Blue Water Bridge Sarnia is given as a reason as to what is happening in Detroit. It is very similar to what is happening in Windsor where we have our Local Government as a competitor of the private operator. More information is given about the Enhancement Project and its advantages while discussing MDOT's failures at the border crossing at Sarnia/Port Huron. A new Plaza has to be built there at a cost about $450 million to correct the mistakes made. There is a discussion about the role of private enterprise and that private enterprise will do a better job than governments in these types of projects.
The most interestingly part is the seeming warming in relations between Canada and the Bridge Co. Can you believe it! The meeting in Canada must have gone very well with assurances apparently being given that the Government will treat the Bridge Co. fairly in the EA process here. Stamper accuses Michigan of mis-stating Canada's position!
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