Two Nations, One City
Craig Huckerby for local2 sault ste. marie
August 16th, 2012 at 4:24pm | Last Updated at 5:07pm
Normally it's the other way around, traffic heading south into the States on the International Bridge is usually ten fold.
"I'll trade ya the wait" quipped Don Mitchell, Sault Ste. Marie EDC President and Board Chair.
After about a 30 minute delay, Mayor Bosbous made to the Civic Centre to sign the agreement that aims to enhance the relationship between the two municipalities.
With the agreement, the Twin Sault's now have the official moniker Two Nations, One City.
"The relationship between our communities is as strong as it is unique" said Mayor Debbie Amaroso. "We not only share a name but also have a strong long-standing, cooperative connection dating back hundreds of years. We share common interest to do the best for our communities, for our families and our neighbours"
Those comments were echoed by Sault Michigan Mayor Bosbous. "Our cities share more than the St. Mary's River and International Bridge" he said, "We have a personal connection, and many of us have friends and family on both sides of the border"
The Sister City Agreement and formal signing ceremony were part of the Celebrate 100! - As Sault Canada celebrates it's 100 years as an Incorporated City.
Meanwhile, the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation of both Ontario and Michigan, who coordinated the Sister City Agreement hope the formal partnership will lead to further cooperation between the two cities particularly with respect to the private sector.
"We've always been warm and welcoming neighbours, and we anticipate that this formal agreement will pave the way for future business partnerships between our two cities" said Don Mitchell , "As bright as the past has been for both communities, we see the next century shining even brighter with promise and opportunity"
A luncheon attended by city officials from both sides of the border followed.
Local2.ca asked both Mayors what they thought of the controversy surrounding a news story this week where in Bellingham Washington, border city with Vancouver, who complained of "Rude Canadian Shoppers" Creating long line ups at Costco and other big box stores. A Facebook page was created in support of an "American Only Shopping" time to be implemented at stores in the American border city. Look for that story coming up.