The co-chairs of the Canadian Automotive Partnership Council, Michael Grimaldi, president of General Motors of Canada and Don Walker, CEO of Intier Automotive have welcomed an announcement by the federal and Ontario governments of significant investments to improve the infrastructure leading to the Windsor-Detroit border.

"At the first meeting of the Canadian Automotive Partnership Council on September 4, 2002, there was strong consensus among auto industry representatives that enhancing the infrastructure leading to the Windsor-Detroit crossings was the most immediate priority for action," said Walker.

"We said that we wanted CAPC to be a venue for auto industry and government leaders to come together to act quickly to enhance Canada as a place for automotive investment. The announcement of $C300 million in funding by the federal and Ontario governments to address this issue in the near term is strong recognition of the importance of the auto industry to Canada's economy."

"With the auto industry integrated on a North American basis, the Windsor-Detroit border crossings are among the busiest in the world. We appreciate the efforts of the governments of Canada and the US over the past year to improve customs procedures to facilitate the movement of low-risk goods across the border." said Grimaldi. "Today's announcement is an important initiative in enhancing Canada's competitiveness for automotive investment."

Canada-US automotive trade totals $C150 billion annually, over 20% of total Canada-U.S. trade. Almost 80% of this trade crosses the border at Windsor/Detroit.

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