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Michigan vote on bridge crossing pleases PM

Harper says bridge project is very important to economies of both countries.

GURAGON, India – Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he’s pleased Michigan voters have cleared the way for a new bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Ont.

Voters in the state last night rejected a proposal calling for a referendum on any plan for a new international crossing between the two border cities.

The measure was engineered by Manuel “Matty” Moroun, owner of the private Ambassador Bridge between Windsor and the Motor City.

It came in response to the proposed construction of a Canadian-financed bridge linking the two cities.

Moroun wants instead to build a new span of his own, and he spent millions of advertising dollars to support the ballot proposal.

Harper, who is currently on a trade mission to India, told reporters the bridge project is very important to the economies of both countries.