VIDEO: Ambassador Bridge Ad Asks President To Kill 'Buy American' Exemption For Gordie Howe Span
A TV ad paid for by the Ambassador Bridge Company is appealing to U.S. President Donald Trump to interviene in its ongoing dispute over the demolition of the original bridge and the construction of an already underway Canadian made span.
The video asks Trump to kill an exemption from the Buy American Policy for steel to construct the Canadian funded Gordie Howe International Bridge.
"There are two brand new bridges being proposed in Detroit between America and Canada. One is American made, American owned, it uses American made steel, 5,000 American workers. The other would be Canadian made, Canadian owned, Canadian workers, who knows who would make the steel?"
In a statement to AM800 News Ambassador Bridge President Dan Stamper says, "The Ambassador Bridge new span lines up with President Trump's 'America First' agenda, private investment in infrastructure, and the current national discussion about free and fair trade."
Stamper also calls demolition conditions to begin construction on a new span "anti-competitive" in the hopes Trump will put pressure on the Canadian government allow the current bridge to remain standing.
He claims the company is at, "a competitive disadvantage with Canada because of the Obama Administration, and the Canadian government subsidy for their bridge."
While the video describes the Canadian span as "proposed" more than $200-million of work has been poured into the more than $4-billion project already with work on the bridge set to begin later this year.
Calls to The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority by AM800 were not returned.