Michigan governor to discuss proposed Windsor-Detroit bridge

By Todd Spangler

Detroit Free Press Washington Staff

Gov. Rick Snyder’s office said his Canada visit underscores the governor’s continuing push for a new bridge.

With another round in the fight for a new Detroit River bridge decided in his favor, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is heading to Canada next week to meet with officials, talk about trade and, without question, continue to promote the need for a new international crossing.Snyder negotiated the deal with the Canadian government to finance construction of a new bridge between Detroit and Windsor, with the State of Michigan off the hook for the cost. But the owner of the Ambassador Bridge, Manuel (Matty) Moroun, financed an effort to require a state referendum in Michigan before any new international bridge could be built.Voters rejected the ballot proposal Nov. 6.Snyder will be in Toronto on Monday morning to announce the opening of a state office in partnership with the Council of Great Lakes Governors. Then he will give a keynote address at a gathering of the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships, which describes Snyder in the program as an architect of the drive for a new international bridge at Detroit. Canadian Finance Minister James Flaherty is expected to speak after Snyder.On Monday afternoon, Snyder will meet with Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, which will be followed by a joint press availability by the two.Snyder’s office said it doesn’t expect any major new announcements, but the visit underscores the governor’s continuing push for what’s being called the New International Trade Crossing. It still awaits sign-off from the U.S. State Department.