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Additional bridge funding approved by Flaherty, announced by Raitt

Monday, April 14, 2014   by: Kenneth Armstrong

In addition to her CN Rail funding announcement made earlier Monday morning, Transportation Minister Lisa Raitt also made a funding announcement at the site of the new border plaza, currently under construction.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper made the original $44-million funding announcement in 2009, Raitt announced a further $7.5-miliion for the project.

Raitt said much of the reason for the extra funding is because of the time elapsed since the original announcement and the procurement of lands around the existing bridge plaza.

The expanded plaza was originally set to open by 2014 but was pushed back, in part, by homeowners who resisted selling properties that were required for the project.

Raitt said MP Bryan Hayes brought concerns to then Finance Minister Jim Flaherty that there wasn’t enough money in the original announcement and that additional funding was approved shortly before Flaherty stepped down from office last March.

Flaherty died last Thursday and will be laid to rest in a state funeral to be held this coming Wednesday.

Raitt, accompanied by Hayes, looked over plan drawings and toured the construction site of the new border plaza, which is slated for completion in 2017.

“I had a great morning here, talking about resources, discussions about passenger rail,” said Raitt, on her visit to Sault Ste. Marie.

(PHOTO: Transportation Minister Lisa Raitt views construction plans for the new border plaza, currently under construction. Raitt was in Sault Ste. Marie April 14, 2014 making multiple funding announcements. Armstrong)

Additional coverage of this story:

What's going on with that new bridge plaza anyway

SAULT STE. MARIE - The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, today toured the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge border crossing where she announced additional funding for the redevelopment of the Canadian plaza.

The Government of Canada is investing a further $7.5 million in funding for this project, in addition to the $44 million that Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced in 2009.

The project involves expanding and redesigning the existing Canadian Port of Entry located within the bridge’s customs plaza and will include the construction of new Canada Border Services Agency commercial and travellers’ examination facilities.

A new inspection lane for buses will also be incorporated as well as a duty free shop and a maintenance building.

This project is being funded through the Gateways and Border Crossings Fund.

The $2.1-billion Gateways and Border Crossings Fund works to improve the flow of goods and people between Canada and the rest of the world and is a key element of the Building Canada infrastructure plan.


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I'm In 4/14/2014 4:39:30 PM Report

Why are the PC's putting money into the bridge plaza cause people on this site are against cross border shopping, but I'll be going cause I like cross border shopping, just went over today bought gas and groceries boy I got good deals + made money at Kewedin Casino "har har hardee har har"
IgnorantNortherner 4/14/2014 5:03:14 PM Report

@I'm In, people are against you spending your money in another country and then complaining about the services you receive (or don't) in this country. You don't have much of a right to complain about anything when you do that, which, is entirely your prerogative.
itsme29 4/14/2014 5:49:14 PM Report

I make my money and I spend it where things are cheaper there for I buy lots over the river! if the cdn businesses lower there prices i'll buy here its there choice really...
Prouddipper67 4/14/2014 6:28:55 PM Report

Sure go and spend all your money over there. That's a vote to say their $5 minimum wage is ok. That 6 weeks of maternity leave is Ok. That slack regulation of safety is ok. That poultry and milk full of hormones is ok. That health insurance for a family of 4 costing $1500 a month is ok.
Then get on this site and ask for a $14 minimum wage and lower prices.
People like that make me sick.
rockbanger 4/14/2014 6:58:27 PM Report

Cross border shopping is not going to change anything on either side of the border.

I was always against cross border shopping until I witnessed a local fuel truck driving across the river and dumping his fuel at a gas station right near LSSU.

People and companies are very similar and usually purchase items where they get best rate and best service..

Or is maximizing your shopping power an anti-Canadian thing to do?
so-kendra 4/14/2014 7:02:13 PM Report

Bryan Hayes " GET YOUR UGLY MUG OFF OF THE CITY BUSES"! Your an idiot and you are a compulsive lyre like the rest of the PC government.
IgnorantNortherner 4/14/2014 7:37:54 PM Report

@ItsMe,Rockbanger I'm guessing you're not the kind of guys that read the ingredient list before you buy something as you really don't seem too worried about 'where things come from' just 'what is cheapest'.

If your only philosophy is to "buy wherever things are cheapest" than what you ultimately support is slavery as that is why everything at WalMart is so freaking cheap -- it was made by some kid in China or Taiwan or wherever labour laws are virtually non existent, environmental laws are virtually non existent, and child labour laws are virtually non existent. If we lowered minimum wage to $2/hr here then we'd be able to compete with the US. Oh, goodie.

Additionally, there are fewer taxes on US fuel (a higher %age of your fuel bill on this side goes to providing services you use) and the cheapest things, like dairy and corn products are highly subsidized by the US gov't.

What is really ironic is how many Saultites whose entire income is provided by Canadian taxpayers go across to shop every chance they get, 'cause, you know, it's "their money".
IgnorantNortherner 4/14/2014 7:39:33 PM Report

wake up so-kendra -- they're all lying, thieving crooks.

No reason to differentiate as you don't have a real choice.
Number One Son 4/14/2014 8:34:51 PM Report

Raitt studying the plans like she knows what they are. She might as well be looking at the Mona Lisa, .... she hasn't a clue.

So-Kendra, .... a lyre is a device used to hold music on an instrument such as a trumpet, .... just sayin'
Number One Son 4/14/2014 8:38:17 PM Report

To add, .... how low can the PCs go. They make this sound like we should all be thankful that someone that just died can be so helpful to us, .... and he was a PC. How can we hate PCs, ..... BS! They are Harper's minions, .... Hayes and the bunch, .... kiss your fannies goodbye next election!
Norm 4/14/2014 9:12:14 PM Report

An ugly liar on the side of a city bus, what the heck is that all about. And yes, vote them out and make room for the next round of fools, Trudeau or Mulclair, it's all the same. God comfort the Flaherty family.
Frio 4/14/2014 9:55:26 PM Report

The few homeowners who resisted selling their shabby properties that were required for the new bridge plaza should be happy they delayed construction by 3 years and cost taxpayers another 7.5 million dollars and more due to the delays.
tba 4/15/2014 9:07:31 AM Report

To the nay Sayers,the negative fools,the brow beaters,the "speakers who have forked tongues,to all who constantly put down those who are atleast TRYING to improve our lives,and have give up a private life to represent us in the political arena ,where WE generally don't want to go.......
I SAY THIS " BEST be thought A FOOL,than open one's mouth,and remove ALL DOUBT " !

Statistics prove,over and over again.....our country,our provinces,our municipalities,plus all our social agencies,fund raising,service work,and volunteers.......are attended to,by 3 % of the population? The Sault is no exception.Approx. 2400 residents of this city,are always in the forefront of publicly serving on boards,commissions,United Way committees,service clubs....and on and on. They are the leaders! They are Managers,professionals,businessmen,union leaders,shop stewards.EVERYONE ELSE are followers!sheep!takers.....never GIVERS!
How disgusting it is to see their negative comments,and brainless criticisms on these "remarks" sites!
jonesur 4/15/2014 11:09:08 AM Report

Proud dipper
Michigan minimum wage is currently 7.40/hr
Maternity benefits 12 weeks
And health insurance costs my family of 2 approximately 1900/month paid through taxes and payroll deductions by myself and my employer.
If you want to spew useless arguments, I suggest you first do some research.
MYPOINT 4/15/2014 11:15:57 AM Report

is as follows ....

One of the main reasons ( in my humble opinion ) that there was an increase given to the Bridge Plaza Development was due to the fact that some property owners held out and would not sell to make life easier for the general public. Another main reason was that an election is coming up soon. Of course the latter never ever happens in Canadian Elections ( sarcasm )!

I think the USA should be thankful that so many Canadians are supporting them through shopping over the bridge . At the same time, some people over here are living in poverty and really have no other choice if they wish to make their dollar go further. It really does depend on individual circumstances and therefore, nobody can fault someone for doing what they have no other choice but to do.
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