Protesters cross the south span of the Seaway International Bridge into Canada during a demonstration last year.
CORNWALL, Ontario - The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne won't support the opening of a new low-level bridge in Cornwall because the federal government has not yet resolved what it feels are outstanding issues concerning traffic flow.
The MCA issued a release Thursday that outlines the concerns and suggests Mohawks will not be taking part in opening ceremonies.
It should be noted that the Federal Bridge Corporation suggested this week there won't be any official opening for the bridge until this summer - if at all.
"We’ve expressed our community’s concerns in writing and in meetings," said the MCA. "Additional meetings are planned in the coming weeks to discuss these matters further. At this time, the issues are unresolved."
These issues include, but are not limited to:
- Failure by the Canada Border Services Agency to accommodate the MCA’s need for an alternative reporting mechanism on Cornwall Island. Talks have resumed with federal officials but no agreement has been reached.
- Failure by the bridge corporation, the Seaway International Bridge Corporation and CBSA to address the back-up of traffic that will continue to occur because there are just two lanes at the new toll booth plaza.
- Failure by all three parties to address emergency-related concerns on the bridge, such as ambulance accommodation and the need to develop a joint emergency response plan with Akwesasne.