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Federal ministers asked to discuss International bridge

By Randy Thoms May 25, 2024 | 12:03 PM

The MP for Thunder Bay-Rainy River is looking for some initial action from the federal government regarding the International Bridge.

Local concerns about toll fees and the condition of the bridge linking Fort Frances with International Falls are outlined in a letter Marcus Powlowski has written to four federal Cabinet Ministers.

He feels the Ministries of Transport, Housing, Infrastructure and Communities, Public Safety and Foreign Affairs share responsibility in finding a solution.

“The Ministry of Transportation shares responsibility on this file through the National Trade Corridors Fund and its mandate to support international trade. The Ministry of Infrastructure has responsibility for supporting the upkeep and eventual replacement of this important international bridge under its mandate to invest in infrastructure. CBSA, as a key partner in international ports of entry, has responsibility to ensure their safety and sustainability. GAC has responsibility on this file due to the need for cooperation with the United States and Minnesota governments,” Powlowski writes

He is hoping that writing the Ministers, it will lead to their departments working together to explore solutions.

Powlowski admits the process will take time but has asked their departments to respond back about an initial meeting within ten days.