Calling the situation at the border unsafe and unacceptable — Niagara’s Regional Chair and the mayors on both side of the Niagara River have written an open letter to Federal Minister of Public Safety, Ralph Goodale.
They’re calling on the minister and the federal government to act immediately to allocate more staff to the international bridges along the river to ensure the safe and timely movement of people and goods across the border.
They point out the the back-up of vehicles and trucks attempting to cross the bridges into Canada can be as much as one and a half hours during June, July and August.
They say that kind of delay discourages visitors from attempting to come to Canada, hampers the movement of goods in both directions, negatively affects commercial enterprises on both sides of the border, clogs local streets and major highways and degrades the environment.
They call it a matter of national importance that affects the economy of both Canada and the United States and it’s a situation that can no longer be ignored.
The letter is signed by the mayors of Niagara Falls, Fort Erie and Niagara-on-the-Lake as well as Niagara Falls, New York, Buffalo and Lewiston.