Governor and local businesses campaign hard to derail Moroun Bridge project #TellUsDetroit

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) – On Thursday afternoon the Society of Hispanic Business Owners & Professionals (SHBOP), held a community briefing about the New International Trade Crossing (NITC) with Michigan Lt. Governor Brian Calley. The briefing took place at Mi Pueblo Restaurant in southwest Detroit. During the presentation Calley shared more information about the bridge project and the lasting impact it will have on Southwest Detroit, the State of Michigan and International Trade.

Last month the Governor and the Canadian Government signed an interlocal agreement, authorizing the NITC (http://buildthedricnow.com). The SHBOP Board of Directors voted unanimously to support the NITC and to encourage the utilization of Small, Minority and Women Owned Businesses. While there are still a few steps that must take place prior to construction, the briefing will provide an opportunity to learn more about the impact on the Business Community and what is in store for Southwest Detroit.

Speaking to about fifty residents, community leaders and business owners Calley, joined by Canadian Consul General to Detroit, Roy Norton, together criticized Moroun for his multimillion-dollar ad campaign against the proposed International Trade Crossing project with some of the strongest language heard to date.

Calley said, “We have somebody that is interested in protecting a monopoly”. “They are operating with complete and total reckless disregard for truth. The people of the state of Michigan deserve the truth, and we will not be shy in sharing it.”

Last month the Governor and the Canadian Government signed an interlocal agreement, authorizing the NITC (http://buildthedricnow.com). The SHBOP Board of Directors voted unanimously to support the NITC and to encourage the utilization of Small, Minority and Women Owned Businesses. While there are still a few steps that must take place prior to construction, the briefing will provide an opportunity to learn more about the impact on the Business Community and what is in store for Southwest Detroit.

“We have a lot of work to do in terms of communication, and that’s really what something like today is all about,” Calley said, adding that in coming weeks and months he would be “speaking to different groups all across the state every day.”

Roy Norton, representing the Canadian government, was eager to criticize the Moroun plan saying, “The Ambassador Bridge owners can buy the airways but they cannot buy new facts.” “There’s been something like $10 million spent on advertising and it’s not yet bought one word of truth.”

In a statement released to Tell Us Detroit, Mickey Blashfield, director of The People Should Decide, a local citizens group opposed to the state owned bridge said, “We hope Michigan taxpayers view Lt. Governor Calley’s remarks today for what they are: the announcement of Governor Snyder’s statewide campaign, paid for courtesy of the taxpayers of Michigan, to promote his government bridge. Add that to the tab of the cost to Michigan for a government bridge.

“Ironically, the Lt. Governor is chastising us, a privately held company for using our own after-tax dollars to present our side of border issues to Michiganders. Yet he has announced his own campaign that will be bought and paid for by the taxpayers of Michigan, regardless of if they support the Governor’s bridge or not,” Blashfield said.

Members of the audience pressed the speakers for greater guarantees that construction jobs and other benefits of the bridge project would help residents of southwest Detroit, one of the poorest areas in the region. Solid answers to those questions went unfulfilled.

“This is exactly why the people should decide. And so far, 609,000 people agree with that rather than a single bureaucrat going around the legislature. This administration cannot have it both ways – either the vote of the people doesn’t matter or the people should decide.”

Many in the audience seemed to share Calley’s distrust of the Ambassador Bridge owner

 

 

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