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Ottawa Fudges the Message over Funding of U.S. Customs Plaza

(Barrie McKenna – Globe & Mail)

The United States’ refusal to pay for its own customs plaza at the planned new Detroit-Windsor bridge has provoked predictable howls of indignation in Canada.

A Toronto Star editorial chastised “deadbeat U.S.A” – the world’s richest country – for not coughing up the $250-million it owes. Canadian government officials have publicly shamed and privately berated their U.S. counterparts for not building their own customs post, as they have for years along the border.

“Our government won’t let financing disagreements get in the way of construction timelines,” a defiant Transport Minister Lisa Raitt said last month. “We’re going to be building a bridge.” Read more here.