Moroun family launches ad asking President Trump to stop new Gordie Howe Bridge

Posted at 5:56 PM, Jun 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-20 17:56:39-04

Commercials can “sell you” on a product or idea.

The Moroun family created an ad hoping to influence President Trump on their side when it comes to bridges connecting Canada and Detroit.

The owners of the Ambassador Bridge are calling the Gordie Howe International Bridge bad for America in the new commercial. The commercial says one bridge is American, the other Canadian.

Not true says officials with the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority.

Even though the Gordie Howe bridge is financed by Canada, it will be owned both by Michigan and Canada.

The commercial hinted that the Gordie Howe bridge is taking away American jobs, something WDBA spokesperson Mark Butler says is a lie.

“This bridge is going to bring economic stimulus to both countries, both communities and of course it’s going to provide economic and employment opportunities to communities on both sides of the border.”

Construction in and around the area of the Gordie Howe bridge has already began.

The second span for the Ambassador Bridge is still in its blue print stage, reportedly because if that is built the current one must come down.

The commercial is the Moroun family’s chance to have President Trump halt the Gordie Howe bridge, during a time when tensions are increasing between the two counties.

“Canada and the United States have been allies for many, many years and will continue to be allies and neighbors for many years to come. The two countries share a trading relationship that’s the envy of the world.”

The commercial also takes a jab at former President Obama for issuing a presidential permit and quote “siding with Canada,” allowing the Gordie Howe bridge to be built without American steel.

Butler says the agreement states the materials must be from North America.

“Any iron or steel for the project on the US side or for the international bridge must be produced in Canada or the United States.”

The plans are still in place, construction of the Gordie Howe bridge is expected to begin in the next few months.