Strahl reelection decision shouldn’t hurt DRIC project

WINDSOR, Ont. – The announcement by Federal Transport Minister Chuck Strahl not to seek reelection shouldn’t have a negative impact on the plan to build a new border crossing between Windsor and Detroit, local decision makers insist.

"The project, on its face value, stands, as does all the work that’s happened over the years to bring it to fruition," NDP MP Brian Masse told the Windsor Star.

Masse and others pointed out that the so-called DRIC project has survived several changes of government, at various levels, on both sides of the border over the last decade.

Masse said that the new minister would need to be updated of recent events, but the future of the project is mostly in the hands of Michigan legislators.

The project received a boost recently when new Gov. Rick Snyder [R] expressed support for DRIC despite the fact a Republican–controlled Senate killed a bill to continue funding the project late last year.

Strahl said he’ll continue to hold the job until the next election – which could be soon if opposition parties force the Conservative government to go to the polls.

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