The headline for the web edition of the November 27 Windsor Star was glaring: Windsor-Detroit region’s economy in jeopardy if new bridge isn’t built, says Dwight Duncan. Will there be panic in the streets?
Judging by history, which few around here seem to do, the answer is, “No.”
Duncan, not one to stop at mere hyperbole, went further without any credible evidence. In fact, he predicted doom if the Gordie Howe International Bridge is not built, saying the, “economic cost to this community, the province, state, and both countries will be enormous.”
Without even a tiny scintilla of evidence, Duncan talked of the Gordie Howe crossing drawing, “more economic investment to the region, create more border traffic and draw traffic to Windsor from other crossings because the current bottleneck will be eliminated.”
He didn’t explain bottleneck. During past backups, most often the culprit seemed to be related to some kind of computer malaise on the US side of the border. Duncan failed to even reveal how two bridges will ban such glitches forever.
Duncan didn’t admit, as The Square has reported in the past, that the new Howe bridge is being designated as the Windsor By-Pass by those who watch such things from Toronto. In anticipation, the province has already closed its tourist information station on Huron Church Road. For the motoring by-passers, tourist information will be found in Tilbury.
Most things politicians say should be, out of due caution, taken with at least a bit of salt. Windsorites have no shortage of sodium chloride, considering they live on top of a salt mine. So, they should have no problem placing what Duncan says in realistic terms.
Too often Windsor’s denizens have been snookered into believing great things are coming. Remember all the candy-coated malarkey about the city needing an Olympic-sized money pit to be the swimming capital of Canada?
Sadly, Windsor is no match for Toronto which, say critics, has the best swimming pool in the land. This is proven by the city’s sports tourism official lining up just a single swim meet next year. In a city of few results, that is actually an accomplishment of celebratory magnitude.
While Duncan thinks economic prosperity will follow the by-pass bridge, he has not factored in the non-performing economic development staff in the city and region.
Collectively, the developers have not brought a single swimming event to the city. Of course, that’s not their job. No one actually knows what their job is, because it certainly can’t be to attract new jobs-creating factories.