KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- Kalamazoo Rotary members gathered Monday to hear from featured speakers Canadian Consulate General Roy Norton and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley. Norton and Calley are on a tour through Michigan advocating for the building of a new international bridge between Canada and Detroit. Consulate Norton says getting the International Trade Crossing built is Canada's number one infrastructure priority and contracts have already been signed to legally bind Canada with footing the cost for the entire project.
"The option was to do nothing, and take all the risk that at some point the 83-year-old Ambassador Bridge would no longer be functional and the companies in this region that depend on moving things back and forth across it wouldn't be able to do that anymore. That was worse than paying for it." said Roy Norton, Consulate General of Canada.
Along with Norton, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley spoke on behalf of the Snyder administration laying out the importance of a “No” vote on proposal 6. Calley added, “My number one concern is that any person would be able to go through a process to manipulate our constitution to serve such a narrow and shallow interest that is so explicitly contrary to the people of our state.”
The beliefs of both Norton and Calley are in direct contrast to those funding the ballot proposal. Proposal 6 advocates that a public vote should take place before any international tunnels or bridges are built in the state of Michigan. In its passage, the proposal would result in an amendment to the state's constitution. Owner of the Ambassador Bridge, Matty Moroun, has spent millions in campaign advertising to secure the passage of the proposal on November 6.
Watch video from Canadian Consulate General Roy Norton above.