Public Forum To Be Held On Douglas Border Crossing Upgrade

SURREY, B.C., July 23, 1999…The Honourable Herb Dhaliwal, Minister of National Revenue and M.P. (Vancouver South-Burnaby), announced today that a public forum will be held in the coming months on options for building new facilities at the Douglas border crossing in Surrey, British Columbia. A feasibility study, commissioned in January, has now been completed and will form the basis for the public discussions.

“The completion of the feasibility study is a significant step towards the improvement of this important border crossing,” Mr. Dhaliwal said. “Better customs facilities mean quicker travel between Canada and the United States. The Government of Canada is committed to providing British Columbians with an infrastructure that promotes trade and creates jobs.”

The preferred option for the upgraded Douglas border crossing proposes the construction of new facilities to the south west. This would allow for greater traffic flows without generating major disruptions.

Douglas is one of the major land border crossings in western Canada and its 43-year-old facilities need major renovations. Traffic, from major cities such as San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver, has been increasing and is expected to continue to increase by 10% over the next ten years.

The timing and the location of the public forum will be announced in the coming months.

” Revenue Canada will also continue to review opportunities with U.S. officials at the Peace Arch border crossing to determine if there are any possibilities for sharing facilities as agreed to under the Canada-United States Accord on our Shared Border. The Accord calls on both governments to cooperate in establishing a joint approach to the management of our common border.