US President Donald Trump has made it clear that he supports the rapid development of the Gordie Howe International Bridge between Detroit and Windsor.
In a joint statement with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during Trudeau’s first visit to see the US leader in Washington on Feb. 13, the leaders said:
Given our shared focus on infrastructure investments, we will encourage opportunities for companies in both countries to create jobs through those investments. In particular, we look forward to the expeditious completion of the Gordie Howe International Bridge, which will serve as a vital economic link between our two countries.
Trump’s support undoubtedly will be encouraging to Canadian and US officials who continue to face legal conflicts with Ambassador bridge owner Matty Moroun.
Moroun, who is fighting to preserve his toll-generating revenue says in a recent lawsuit that Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and the state’s transportation department “usurped” and “hijacked” legal approvals that rightfully belonged to the state legislature.
The Windsor Star reports that several companies owned by the Michigan billionaire filed the sweeping lawsuit on Dec. 29, claiming the bridge project should be stopped and that Snyder and the Michigan Department of Transportation have no legal authority to push it through.
The 42-page lawsuit in the Michigan Court of Claims also seeks an injunction that would prevent the state government from taking legal control of two dozen properties in southwest Detroit that belong to several companies owned by Maroun, The Star reports.