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GLIN==> MEMORANDUM OF COOPERATION TO ENSURE LONG - TERM SUCCESS OF THE GREAT LAKES AND ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY



For release May 1, 2003
CANADA & U.S. SIGN MEMORANDUM OF COOPERATION
TO ENSURE LONG - TERM SUCCESS
OF THE GREAT LAKES AND ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Transport Minister David Collenette and U.S.
Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta today signed a memorandum of
cooperation to ensure the ongoing success of the Great Lakes and St.
Lawrence Seaway. Specifically, the document further enhances binational
collaboration on a comprehensive transportation study of the Great Lakes St.
Lawrence Seaway waterway.

During a signing ceremony in Washington, D.C., Mr. Collenette said, "The
Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway system is the result of a strong partnership
that provides enormous benefit to both Canada and the United States.
Planning to ensure the continued viability of this waterway requires
collaborative approaches among the many stakeholders involved on both sides
of the border. The signing of this memorandum of cooperation further
enhances collaboration between our two agencies to evaluate the future needs
of the St. Lawrence Seaway and the transportation infrastructure on which it
depends."

"The St. Lawrence Seaway is a vital economic artery to the ports of
America's heartland," said Secretary Mineta. "This memorandum of cooperation
lays the groundwork for building a healthier, more efficient transportation
system for this vital resource of Canada and the United States."

The efforts to develop a framework for cooperation, which this memorandum of
cooperation represents, came out of discussions between Canadian and U.S.
officials related to the U.S.-Canadian Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway
Review. The review will provide data for the environment, engineering
features and economic conditions of the system, and will require close
cooperation among five entities: Transport Canada; the U.S. Department of
Transportation (DOT); the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; the Canadian St.
Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation; and DOT's Saint Lawrence Seaway
Development Corporation.

The memorandum of cooperation signed today enhances collaboration between
the U.S. Department of Transport and Transport Canada, and helps them to:

  a.. identify factors and trends affecting the domestic and international
marine transportation industries;
  b.. assess current and future transportation requirements for the
waterway;
  c.. evaluate the reliability and condition of the waterway, including the
costs and benefits of maintaining the existing infrastructure; and
  d.. assess the environmental, as well as the engineering and economic
factors, associated with the current and future needs of the Great Lakes St.
Lawrence Seaway system and the transportation infrastructure on which it
depends.
A critical component of North America's transportation network, the
2,300-mile long Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway system annually handles more
than 200 million tons of cargo, contributes over $6 billion to the economies
of both countries and directly supports more than 65,000 jobs in Canada and
the United States. The region served by the system is home to almost 100
million people, roughly one-third of the combined U.S.-Canadian population.

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      Contact:
      Amy Butcher
      Press Secretary
      Office of the Minister of Transport
      Ottawa, Ontario
      (613) 991-0700  Tim Downey
      U.S Department of Transportation
      Washington, D.C
      U.S.A
      (202) 366-0091

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