Canadian consul says Chinese steel issue a fiction

June 5, 2012

The Canadian consul Roy Norton said this morning that local news reports of steel sourcing being an obstacle to agreement between the Canadian and Michigan authorities over the new toll bridge were "a fiction." Where the Canadians buy best value and American policy is to use expensive local steel, there has to be a "hybrid set of rules" in a binational project, and both sides accept that, he said.

 "Anybody familiar with the discussions knows that there is no such
issue as Chinese steel. Chinese steel is not going to be used in the project."

Norton was speaking at a Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce breakfast on the always angry issue of the proposed DRIC or NITC bridge downriver of the Ambassador Bridge.

The consul lambasted what he called "big lies" by the Ambassador bridge company about how it could be expensive to Michigan taxpayers.

This was "wrong, completely wrong" and that " the Canadian taxpayer will assume full liability."

Michigan would "earn revenues of $3 billion to $5 billion over the life span of the bridge, without having put any money into it."

TOLLROADSnews 2012-06-05

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