February 26th, 2019 - 5:34pm
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FEBRUARY 26, 2018
MASSE THANKS THE BIKE COMMUNITY ON BOTH SIDES OF THE BORDER FOR THE VICTORY OF FREE TOLLS ON GORDIE HOWE BRIDGE: A significant achievement by many that was years in the making
OTTAWA, ON – NDP Industry, Great Lakes and Border Critic Brian Masse, MP (Windsor West), today thanked the bicycle community on both sides of the Windsor-Detroit Border for achieving a victory on the long standing goal of free tolls for cyclists and pedestrians on the new, publicly owned Gordie Howe Bridge.
Federal Infrastructure Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne was in Windsor last Thursday, February 21, 2019, in a meeting with community leaders including two members of Masse’s staff, about the community benefits aspect of the $5.7-billion bridge project. The Minister responded to a question by announcing that it was government’s intention to include the bicycle lanes and have no tolls on the bridge for either cyclists or pedestrians.
“This is a victory to a years’ long campaign that involved many people on both sides of the border,” Masse stated. “The countless events, meetings and bike rides involving literally hundreds of people, lead to this announcement. It demonstrates that people, from all walks of life, can come together and work hard to reach a common goal. I have written a letter to the Minister to request the establishment of a citizens’ working group to ensure all the necessary preparations are in place,” said Masse.
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