WASHINGTON – Sen. Charles E. Schumer, who has worked in the past to try to reduce backups resulting from inadequate U.S. staffing at the Peace Bridge, took a stand THURSDAY against the backups resulting from inadequate Canadian staffing at local border crossings.
In a letter, Schumer urged Canada Border Services Agency President Linda Lizotte-MacPherson to immediately boost staffing not just at the Peace Bridge, but at the Rainbow and Lewiston-Queenston bridges as well, to reduce the backups.
“It can’t be stressed enough how important it is to keep our crossings open and moving quickly,” Schumer wrote amid long, recurring backups at all three spans.
“These long delays are a disincentive to travelers on both sides of the border, which means our shared economies suffer significant loss in tourism and cross-border commerce dollars, particularly during the busy summer months,” Schumer, D-N.Y., added. “That is why I am urging Canada to immediately address the current staffing issues and alleviate theses avoidable and costly delays at these vital border crossings. It’s simple: if cars aren’t moving through, then businesses on both sides of the border aren’t making as much money as they could.”
Schumer’s office said the senator acted after his office received dozens of calls from constituents who had to wait up to two hours because of backups caused by a shortage of Canadian border agents at the bridges.