Whitmer calls on Canada to ‘defuse’ blockade of truckers |

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(The Center Square) – Governor Gretchen Whitmer has called on Canada to quickly fix the jammed trucks on the Ambassador Bridge, citing damage to Michigan’s economy, including automobiles, agriculture, manufacturing, and more .

“My message is simple: reopen traffic on the bridge,” Whitmer said in a statement.

“It is imperative that the local, provincial and national governments of Canada defuse this economic blockade,” she said. “They must take all necessary and appropriate steps to immediately and safely reopen traffic so that we can continue to grow our economy, support well-paying jobs and reduce costs for families.”

Since Monday, Canadian truckers protesting the Canadian government’s cross-border vaccine requirement have blocked international trade. The Ambassador Bridge is critical to Motor City’s automotive industry and automotive distribution. The Detroit News reported the blockade of the Ambassador Bridge has already disrupted manufacturing, which could lead to layoffs, as it is the busiest Canada-US border crossing that facilitates more than a quarter of trade between the two countries.

“In Michigan, our economy continues to grow thanks to our hard workers and innovative small businesses,” Whitmer said. “Now that momentum is under threat. Commercial traffic is at a standstill at the Ambassador Bridge and severely slowed at the Blue Water Bridge.”

Large trucks can’t squeeze through the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel, leaving automobiles and other essential goods to cross the Ambassador Bridge or the Blue Water Bridge connecting Port Huron and Sarnia, Ont., which has such long traffic backups only seven miles.

“Everyone understands what’s at stake when this border crossing is closed,” Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens said at a press conference on Wednesday. “Nearly a third of international trade between the United States and Canada passes through the Ambassador Bridge. If it is closed for an hour, the automotive sector, the greenhouse sector and many others take notice. immediately. If it’s closed for days, people start demanding We hear you. We’re not going to let that happen for an extended period of time.

General Motors Co. canceled the second shift in its Lansing Delta township on Wednesday, citing logistical issues.

As Canada’s Transport Minister Omar Alghabra said in Ottawa: “I’ve heard from automakers and grocers before. This is really a serious cause for concern. »

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