By Nick Gilbert
Canada and the United States have agreed on a deal to construct a bridge from Windsor and Detroit. The United Steelworkers (USW) expressed its appreciation for this deal that guarantees to use steel only from Canada and the United States for the construction of this bridge. About 850,000 working women and men from the U.S and Canada are represented by the USW.
Leo W. Gerard, President of USW International, stated that the construction of the bridge using steel obtained from Canada and the United States will result in creating a number of jobs for workers in Canada and the U.S.
The construction of this new bridge will cost around $4-billion for the entire project. This deal includes sourcing of rules for the United States customs plaza and approaches. Information about Canadian customs plaza’s approaches and sourcing rules is yet to be clarified.
USW Canadian National Director, Ken Neumann stated that Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty and Prime Minister Harper will have to declare that the infrastructure on the Canadian-side will be built with Canadian materials and jobs. Approximately $550 million will be spent by Canada for the construction of the road that approaches the crossing between the United States and Canada. Canada has decided to collect tolls for the bridge until all the funds are reimbursed.