The Utter Insanity of the Seaway International Bridge Crisis – Cornwall Ontario – November 18, 2009

Another day on the bridge – hours of waiting to cross – no way to turn around – no way to use the washroom if you have a need, the utter feeling of being trapped if you have to cross because of school or business.

These pictures say it all.  They were taken from 2nd Street in Cornwall and show that nearly the entire northern bridge was backed up with vehicles.   Imagine the weight on the bridge not to mention the wear and tear on motorists and their vehicles.

bridgeAYes those are cars from one end of this photo to the other.

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All the while our MP has nothing to say about the crisis or calls for mediation.   How many cars sit on that bridge each and every day, and how many lives and area businesses are being impacted?   Maybe Mr. Russell was right and Mr. Harper would be better off with a Pigeon?


Maybe it is time for Mr. Lauzon to speak?  Maybe it is time for Minister Van Loan to come to Cornwall and get involved?  And maybe, just maybe, it’s time for the government to step up to the plate and get this resolved.  If they don’t like the suggestions made to them perhaps they can come up with some alternatives because the status quo is not satisfactory, safe, or helping the citizens of this riding and the area.

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  1. What exactly is the government supposed to do? The natives don’t want to cooperate.

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    That’s not an accurate statement glassbowl. I have spent a lot of time on the Island and I don’t see uncooperative people. I see people frustrated that the Harper government refuses to negotiate or be respectful.

    The bottom line is you won’t find a resolution without negotiating. It always has to be about give and take. What I’m hearing is that the station on the Island isn’t coming back. If that’s true, then something that makes sense for temporary and permanent crossing of the border has to occur.

    This isn’t rocket science and this facet is not a native issue. It’s a human rights issue.

  3. How is this a human rights issue? The lack of clean drinking water is a human rights issue, but nobody wants to talk about that. Why is that?

  4. I personally get the feeling the Federal and Provincial government do not give a hoot about this issue let alone the city of Cornwall or the territory of Akwesasne. They are quite content to hold us all ransom than to make any tangible decision to finally end this issue. I also feel they are not willing to make any compromise with our native neighbors. What is now happening now with the bridge is simply a bandaid and I fear no closure is in sight.

  5. It’s Cornwall…. no one (VULGARITY) cares…

  6. Tom, at least that seems to be what our government thinks..

  7. The Federal government, the Provincial government, the City of Cornwall, and the territory of Akwesasne, all have their own agenda’s and positions on the Bridge issue. Nobody wants to compromise (and thats on both sides of the bridge) so there cannot be any resolution forthcoming. Some talk about moving the Canadian Customs checkpoint that currently exists on the island but there could be another solution…….close Akwesasne and move the natives to another reservation where they can live in peace and not be bothered. So, so simple…..

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