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Friday, June 26, 2015

Local companies to submit qualifications for Gordie Howe bridge work

CBC News

Federal Transport Minister Lisa Raitt was the keynote speaker at the session

Local companies interested in being a part of the new Gordie Howe International Bridge project will have the chance to submit their qualifications within the next few days, federal Transport Minister Lisa Raitt announced in Windsor Thursday.

More than 280 companies interested in supplying, building, providing maintenance to and operating the new bridge attended the session.

"Local jobs will go into figuring out what design it's going to be, but at the end of the day it's going to be a triple-P [Public–Private Partnership]," said Raitt. "From our point of view in Ottawa, the importance is the triple-P — that we're going to have some private interest in it, to ensure that we're getting the best value for the dollar and making sure we stay on schedule."

Raitt was the keynote speaker at a bridge information session organized by the Windsor-Essex Economic Development Corp. She spoke about how the new bridge will strengthen trade between Canada and the U.S. and how Windsor-Essex will benefit from the construction and eventual operation of the crossing.

"You've got to think about what else comes with the bridge, which is a lifting of the economic prosperity of the region," Raitt said.

Raitt said the government believes the bridge will help increase trade and will generate jobs in Canada. 

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