NEWS: BORDER LINE FRAUDULENT: CANADA-U.S. BORDER CRITIC CHECKS REALITY OF SECURITY AND PROSPERITY PARTNERSHIP

Brian Masse RELEASE MP Windsor West

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 21, 2007

WINDSOR, ON – From Canada’s busiest and most important international border crossing between Canada and the United States, Brian Masse MP (NDP Windsor West), challenged the seriousness of the Security and Prosperity Partnership’s leaders on their issuing a statement on how to keep our borders open during another 9/11 event.

“Nearly seven years after the tragic events of 9/11, and subsequent border chaos, little has been done to plan for another border closing,” stated Masse.

Masse represents the riding of Windsor West, where nearly 40% of Canada’s trade with the U.S. happens each day, with approximately 30% of that on the Ambassador Bridge which is privately controlled by an American citizen.

“If the Prime Minister was serious about planning for a border emergency, he would adopt the NDP position of developing a public border authority to help coordinate the four crossings in the Windsor region. As things stand today, we will be back to putting “portable johns” on the highway as trucks would be backed up for miles if the U.S. decides to close the border again,” noted Masse.

Niagara Falls, Fort Erie, and Sarnia all have public border authorities. The Ambassador Bridge, on the other hand, has avoided such accountability due to political connections.
Masse spent Monday evening with local residents in Windsor marching against the current SPP meetings that finished today in Montebello, Quebec.