CPA Public Affairs
March 2022

NEW – Supply chain challenges due to Windsor blockade show importance of Line 5 

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On March 7, the Windsor Star published a letter to the editor from CPA’s Interim President and CEO, Allan Murphy, that outlined the importance of international infrastructure. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer stated the importance of the Ambassador Bridge to international commerce. Murphy pointed out that the same principle applies to another critical piece of international infrastructure – Line 5.

Excerpts from the letter to the editor

  • We witnessed impacts of a blockade at the Ambassador Bridge which connects Windsor to Michigan on supply chain movements. 
  • Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer recently noted how important international infrastructure is and need to keep these vital routes open. She called on Canada to resolve the blockade because of the negative impact it was having on the “daily flow of goods and people to get things done.” 
  • The blockade was taken down and a critical supply chain was restored. 
  • The economic rationale for preserving critical infrastructure is compelling. 
  • Given these recent issues that caused supply chain disruptions, we are left to wonder where we would be without Enbridge’s Line 5 — the pipeline that travels through much of Michigan stretching from the Upper Peninsula, through the Straits of Mackinac and into Sarnia. 
  • Line 5 supplies 65 per cent of propane demand in the state’s Upper Peninsula and 55 per cent of Michigan’s statewide propane needs. 
  • It’s becoming more important we take decisive action on things within our power to influence. 

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