Canadian Prime Minister determined to build new bridge, Moroun responds

Apr 3, 2012

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is determined to build a new bridge between Windsor and Detroit.

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He is also frustrated with Matty Moroun, the billionaire owner of the Ambassador Bridge, one of two crossings in Windsor.

"This is the biggest single corridor of trade in the world and the concept that somebody could claim that he privately owns it all is, to me, ludicrous but to some degree that is the situation we're dealing with," the prime minister said.

Harper made the comments Monday while attending a summit with the presidents of the United States and Mexico in Washington.

When he was asked why he doesn't work with the U.S. government to get a bridge built, Harper said the crossing has unique issues and they're dealing with Michigan first.

In a statement released today, Matthew Moroun responded to Harper on behalf of the Detroit International Bridge Company:

"I renew my invitation to the prime minister's office or the transport minister's office to discuss resolution. If the government officials agree that a smooth-running border crossing is the true goal, then the only two remaining elements necessary for resolution are: Canada's respect of our private economic interests and our mutual respect of the rule of law."