Ambassador Bridge lawyers make strong case the Canadians have no legitimate franchise for new bridge but...
2013-06-10: The Ambassador Bridge company has its lawyers working the US District Court in Washington seeking an order invalidating the US Government's approval for the new (NITC) toll bridge a couple of miles downriver that will be built and financed by the Canadian government.
2013-04-09: A state representative for Detroit and mayoral candidate Fred Durhal (Dem) is seeking a court ruling to void Michigan Governor Rick Synder's agreement allowing the Canadian Government to build a new toll bridge over the Detroit River, downstream of the Ambassador bridge. In a statement Rep Durhal says his lawsuit seeks to establish the legislature's role in authorizing the project and any agreement with the Canadians.
Supporters of new international toll bridge in Detroit win big in election day ballot Proposal 6 - 60/40 vote
Supporters of a new Canadian sponsored bridge downriver of the Ambassador Bridge between Detroit and Windsor won a big political victory in voting in Michigan Tuesday. The new bridge got 2.63m votes to 1.78m or 60% to 40% in so called Proposal 6.
Detroit downriver DRIC bridge enthusiasts in the Canadian Government last Thursday inserted into an omnibus budget bill language saying that the Canada Fisheries Act, the Canada Navigable Waters Protection Act, the Canada Species at Risk Act and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act "do not apply to the construction of the (new DRIC) bridge, parkway or any related work."
TOLLROADSnews has had an extended back & forth with proponents of the new Detroit-Windsor bridge championed by state governor Rick Snyder and the Canadian Government, and opposed by the Michigan legislature, the Ambassador Bridge company and a group it supports called The People Should Decide.
Again and again reports in the Detroit media misrepresent Proposition 6 on new international toll crossings - a proposed amendment to the state constitution supported by the Ambassador Bridge company and up for vote in the balloting November 6 in Michigan.
For example the Detroit Free Press newspaper starts an editorial this morning this way: "Proposition 6, which requires voter approval of new international bridges and tunnels…"
Anti-bridge group gets 609k signatures to get popular vote in Michigan on new bridge, Moroun behind Zug Isle Vibes?
2012-07-11: The People Should Decide, a group supported by the Ambassador Bridge company this week submitted 609,220 signatures to put on the ballot November 6 a new clause in the Michigan constitution requiring a popular vote before the state can support any new international crossing. The bridge company has been battling plans which would have a new multi-billion dollar government owned toll bridge built 1.8 miles downriver.
Michigan governor Snyder in constitutional confrontation over legislative bar on new toll bridge moneyBy Peter Samuel on June 27, 2012
2012-06-27: The bizarre and endless saga of a new Detroit Windsor toll bridge has taken another weird twist.
2012-06-21: Opponents of the new Detroit River bridge (NITC or DRIC) that was the subject of an agreement between the government of Canada and the Governor of Michigan June 15 say they now have passed the minimum number of signatures to put the new bridge issue on the ballot in November. The popular vote is on.
Detroit's Center for Automotive Research (CAR) has produced a fraudulent promotional assessment of the value of the proposed New International Trade Crossing Bridge. It claims that building the new bridge will "add significantly to the employment base in the State of Michigan and to the Michigan economy more generally."
They say this will occur through four mechanisms and we have direct quotes following:
(1) Bridge construction