Just what we all wanted and needed, another highway! </end sarcasm>
And it is ready to begin construction next year.
Craig Huckerby — SooNews.ca — Monday, June 19, 2006, 11:35AM
A new super highway serving all of North America is quietly being worked on by the Bush Administration.
What’s being called the NAFTA Super Highway, four football fields wide and stretching from Mexico to Canada along Interstate 35 is advancing by a number of agencies.
Human Events Online says those agencies include [v]arious U.S. government agencies, dozens of state agencies, and scores of private NGOs. They have formed the North America SuperCorridor Coalition Inc. (NASCO), a non-profit organization out to improve both the trade competitiveness and quality of life in North America.
And I have to ask, For whom?
A quick look at the list of Board Members opened my eyes. Representatives of big business and government coming together to form a non-profit organization just isn’t right.
And, it’s not only the Bushites who are working on this plan. Take a look at some of the names:
Andrew T. Horosko, P. Eng.
NASCO Vice President of Canada
Deputy Minister of Transportation
Manitoba Transportation and Government Services
William N. (Nick) Steele
President, Lockheed Martin Sygenex, Inc.
Gerardo (Gerald) Schwebel
Executive Vice President, International Division
International Bank of Commerce
Director of Policy/Manager of EPC Secretariat
City of Winnipeg
Thomas L. (Skip) McMahon
Director, Special Projects
Canadian Transit Company
I guess Lockheed Martin would benefit in having better routes to transport their war equipment. And the International Bank of Commerce would be involved to make sure everyone involved gets wealthier.
It’s interesting to note that, among other things, Skip is responsible for directing the Canadian External Affairs department and helping to develop new business opportunities. Interesting also is that in April the Harperites introduced legislation giving the federal government authority over all cross-border bridges and tunnels in the country — including the Ambassador Bridge, Windsor-Detroit tunnel and any new crossing.
The City of Winnipeg fellow, Bryan, is currently the head of policy and a senior political advisor to His Worship, Sam Katz, Mayor of Winnipeg. Take a look at NASCO’s map of the SuperCorridor and you’ll figure out why Winnipeg is interested in this venture. As well as the other Manitoban in the mix, Gary Doer’s DM of Transportation, Andy Horosko.
Note that former Prime Minister, Paul Martin, was in on this as well when he met with the Fox and Bush in March 2005.
Even more so with this highlighted in the Gristmill:
Among other charming features, the highway is deliberately intended to bypass any involvement from unions, either the Longshoreman’s Union or the Teamsters Union.
And somewhere in all this there are questions about the 4,000 page Environmental Impact Statement on the project.
No one has yet commented on what the level of CO2 emissions created by this project and its aftermath will be. I suppose it’s buried somewhere in that report.
Thanks to timethief at stolen moments of island time for the lead.
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