I know there’s been quite a lot of discussion over the proposed new low-level bridge over to Cornwall Island; I think there ought to be two.
One bridge should be merely an extension of Brookdale Avenue, providing hassle-free, unencumbered travel between these two parts of Canada and controlled only by a traffic light.
The second should be autonomous, secure and connect a new, state-of-the-art mainland port directly to the USA by “ flying” over the island, touching down only on concrete pillars, connecting to the buttress of existing south span of the bridge.
In doing this, we would finally break down, not only a logistical impediment, but a physiological barrier between Akwesasne and Cornwall. The federal government could then return the land, it was previously using, to Akwesasne and completely eliminate a long-standing irritant to that community.
Since the only way in and out of Canada would be through a totally secure channel— and one controlled exclusively by law enforcement— their resources for securing our border could then be concentrated on the actual border itself and not on our country’s indigenous people.
Ed Burns, Cornwall