Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper made a joint announcement Friday detailing plans to build a new bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario. Harper called the bridge "an investment in the future -- in the future of the North American economy, of North American trade and of North American manufacturing," according to video by the Detroit Free Press.
* Harper said he expects there to be some ongoing battles concerning the project, but that it ultimately needs to be built and any battles will not prevent that from happening.
* Bill Ford Jr., executive chairman of Ford, largely praised the agreement, citing the high number of trucks the company needs to send back and forth between its factories in Ontario and Detroit on a daily basis.
* Ford said the new bridge would ultimately "make our business run stronger" and it will provide "a huge boost," as quoted by the Detroit News.
* The announcement was made in Windsor, but a signing event was held in Detroit.
* The Associated Press reported the Michigan House of Representatives voted to prohibit the state's government from using public funds to finance a second bridge between Detroit and Windsor. The ban was passed as part of a supplemental budget bill for the state. Rep. Dave Agema, R-Grandville, inserted the amendment before it was put up for a vote.
* The bridge has an estimated price tag of $2.1 billion. Canada is paying Michigan's portion and it will be reimbursed using funds from tolls.
* The agreement must have the approval of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to ensure it meets federal mandates as well as the tenets of the Constitution.
Vanessa Evans is a musician and freelance writer based in Michigan, with a lifelong interest in politics and public issues.
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