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Battle over Peace Bridge stokes Canada-U.S. cross-border tension
National Post ^ | April 29, 2013 | Randy Boswell

Posted on 04/29/2013 12:45:29 PM PDT by Squawk 8888

Three U.S. lawmakers have launched a bid to scrap the “dysfunctional” binational agency that has overseen operation of the Peace Bridge between Ontario and New York for nearly a century, part of the escalating fallout from a dispute over planned improvements to the U.S. approach to the crossing that has pitted Canadian board members against their American counterparts.

The Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority — commonly known as the Peace Bridge Authority — and the key international link it has administered since 1923 have been hailed as symbols of the enduring friendship between the U.S. and Canada after the War of 1812, the key battles of which were fought near the present site of the Niagara River bridge that connects Fort Erie, Ont., and Buffalo, N.Y.

But that peaceful coexistence has been strained within the PBA boardroom in recent months, with Canada’s five, federally-appointed members and the five U.S. representatives locked in a deepening conflict over a planned, multimillion-dollar upgrade to roads and facilities on American side of the bridge.

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TOPICS: Canada; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; US: New York
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1 posted on 04/29/2013 12:45:29 PM PDT by Squawk 8888
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To: Clive; exg; Alberta's Child; albertabound; AntiKev; backhoe; Byron_the_Aussie; Cannoneer No. 4; ...
To all- please ping me to Canadian topics.

Canada Ping!

2 posted on 04/29/2013 12:48:35 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (True North- Strong Leader, Strong Dollar)
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To: Squawk 8888

If this is what we argue about then we have a pretty damn good relationship with each other.


3 posted on 04/29/2013 12:48:36 PM PDT by rickmichaels
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To: Squawk 8888

That’s nothing, Ohio and West Virginia fought about replacing the Steubenville-Weirton bridge for twenty-five years.


4 posted on 04/29/2013 12:52:24 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Squawk 8888

We in Western NY have been watching this Mongolian Cluster F$#k for decades.

As the area is controlled by communist democrats, nothing gets done but they spend a ton of money on studies. Does not matter if it is a bridge, shopping center, data center, manufacturing business, they will study it to death and most businesses just give up.

They futzed around for years on building a new bridge but every study found a problem with the last one being some dingbat birds might hit the cables and kill themselves. Culling out the herd is not really a bad thing.

We do not need a new bridge but a method to get the cars and trucks through the gestapo of inspectors in a more efficient manner. The bridge could easily handle traffic on the busiest of days if the inspections were up to the task.

Meanwhile the Canadians expanded their inspection area, although typical of government, not by enough. Government is quite happy making peons wait for them.


5 posted on 04/29/2013 12:54:12 PM PDT by Wurlitzer (Nothing says "ignorance" like Islam!)
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To: Squawk 8888

War of 1812 ping!!


6 posted on 04/29/2013 12:54:22 PM PDT by mc5cents
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To: Squawk 8888

Remember the good old days when you didn’t need a passport to cross the border.


7 posted on 04/29/2013 12:54:42 PM PDT by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est.)
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To: Squawk 8888
Good God...we’re friends.Very good friends,in fact.It’s hard to imagine two sovereign nations that have more in common...politically,culturally and other ways..than Canada and the US.Whatever government bureaucrats,US *or Canadian,who have their noses out of joint should just get over it.
8 posted on 04/29/2013 12:55:09 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Leno Was Right,They *Are* Undocumented Democrats!)
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To: Wurlitzer

Wurly my boy, I live in West Seneca, NY and second your motion! It is a Cluster *&%$! We have Higgins(D), Schumer(D) and Gillebrand(D). What could possibly go wrong?


9 posted on 04/29/2013 12:58:48 PM PDT by mc5cents
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To: Squawk 8888

Squawk 8888 ~: “..and the five U.S. representatives locked in a deepening conflict over a planned, multimillion-dollar upgrade to roads and facilities on American side of the bridge.”

Sounds more like an American U.S. problem.


10 posted on 04/29/2013 1:02:12 PM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt ("Political correctness is tyranny with manners." - Charlton Heston)
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To: grumpygresh
Remember the good old days when you didn’t need a passport to cross the border.

I do.I did it once...in 1970...just showing my Massachusetts license.Both ways that was enough.But today that might not be practical...not because Canadians have gotten less trustworthy but because non-Canadians might use lax border policies to do bad things to us.And conversely,Canada can reasonably be more cautious *particularly* since that recent arrest of several jihadis who planned to hit a Canadian passenger train.They know that it's not particularly difficult for bad people to breach our southern border and then a trip up I-5 or I-35 and voila,they're in Vancouver,Toronto,Montreal or Ottawa.

11 posted on 04/29/2013 1:03:46 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Leno Was Right,They *Are* Undocumented Democrats!)
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To: Squawk 8888

I can’t figure out what Cuomo and his pet Republican Grisanti (who switched sides for Cuomo on the gay-marriage vote) are up to.

I think it has something to do with money - reports are that the Bridge Authority has more than enough money in the bank to cover outstanding bonds owed by the authority. The Bridge Authority will dissolve when the bonds are paid offer. The Peace Bridge would then transfer to the NY patronage factory, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.


12 posted on 04/29/2013 1:04:16 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: Buckeye McFrog
That’s nothing, Ohio and West Virginia fought about replacing the Steubenville-Weirton bridge for twenty-five years.

How long was it that New York and New Jersey fought over the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island? It was surely many years.It took SCOTUS to settle it.

13 posted on 04/29/2013 1:08:56 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Leno Was Right,They *Are* Undocumented Democrats!)
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To: grumpygresh

You can still go to Canada without one...just can’t come home


14 posted on 04/29/2013 1:10:51 PM PDT by stuartcr ("I have habits that are older than the people telling me they're bad for me.")
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To: mc5cents

I lived there for 22 years. I miss the food (and a lot of people).


15 posted on 04/29/2013 1:12:11 PM PDT by killermosquito (Buffalo, Detroit (and eventually France) is what you get when liberalism runs its course.)
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To: mc5cents

I was born and raised in West Seneca. Left when I was 19. Remember stopping at Ted’s Hot Dogs under the Peace Bridge for a great charbroiled dog with chili sauce. Driving across the Peace Bridge, no passports needed, to go to Crystal Beach, ride the wooden roller coaster (the comet), and bring back fireworks...


16 posted on 04/29/2013 1:18:14 PM PDT by dmzTahoe
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To: killermosquito
I miss the "Canadian Ballet." ;-D
17 posted on 04/29/2013 1:19:27 PM PDT by JustSayNoToNannies (I'll stick to facts and logic, and not follow into the gutter those who make disagreements personal.)
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To: grumpygresh
Remember the good old days when you didn’t need a passport to cross the border.

On a side note...there's an interesting town in Vermont that sits right on the Vermont/Quebec border.I've been there and the area is crawling with US Border police.The library is situated right on the border...part of it is in the US and part is in Canada.There's also a street there (Canusa Street) where the buildings on one side are in the US and those on the other side are in Canada.I've driven that road...pretty weird.The town's called Derby Line.Look it up someday if you have free time.It's pretty interesting.

18 posted on 04/29/2013 1:20:40 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Leno Was Right,They *Are* Undocumented Democrats!)
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To: mc5cents

“What could possibly go wrong?”


Just don’t stand between Schumer and a TV camera.


19 posted on 04/29/2013 1:22:15 PM PDT by Wurlitzer (Nothing says "ignorance" like Islam!)
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You’re right about “The bridge could easily handle traffic on the busiest of days if the inspections were up to the task.”
My wife and 2 of her friends spent 2 hours in customs last week coming across the Peace Bridge. All 3 have been US citizens for at least 40 years or more. One of the clone they have for inspectors had a hard time believing that Hawaii was a state (wife’s girlfriend was born in Hawaii to Japanese parents), so they all got fingerprinted.
We live in the Town of Tanawanda.


20 posted on 04/29/2013 1:33:33 PM PDT by BuffaloJack (Gun Control is the Key to totalitarianism and genocide.)
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To: BuffaloJack
One of the clone they have for inspectors had a hard time believing that Hawaii was a state (wife’s girlfriend was born in Hawaii to Japanese parents)...

What I've seen of Hawaii (nothing but Oahu) suggests that it's the easternmost (or westernmost) prefecture of Japan.And then there's Chin Ho Kelly to explain. ;-)

21 posted on 04/29/2013 1:42:23 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Leno Was Right,They *Are* Undocumented Democrats!)
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To: mc5cents

Is Cuomo trying to burnish his foreign policy credentials?


22 posted on 04/29/2013 2:02:26 PM PDT by ntnychik
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To: Wurlitzer
We do not need a new bridge but a method to get the cars and trucks through the gestapo of inspectors in a more efficient manner. The bridge could easily handle traffic on the busiest of days if the inspections were up to the task.

Thank you! I've been preaching that for well over a decade. Every time Sandy Beech does another show bemoaning the fact we still don't have another bridge, I want to scream.

In New York, though, something new -- anything new -- is looked upon as a substitute for progress. And, of course, they destroyed one of the last viable neighborhoods on the West Side screwing around for 20 years.

23 posted on 04/29/2013 3:17:26 PM PDT by BfloGuy (Don't try to explain yourself to liberals; you're not the jackass-whisperer.)
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To: mc5cents

Well said.


24 posted on 04/30/2013 2:42:33 PM PDT by OldNewYork (Biden '13. Impeach now.)
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