Windsor-Essex Parkway Named After Herb Gray

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Windsor-Essex Parkway Named After Herb Gray

McGuinty Government Pays Tribute to Former Windsor MP

Office of the Premier

Ontario has named the Windsor-Essex Parkway after one of Windsor's most popular politicians -- the Right Honourable Herb Gray.

Gray represented Windsor as a member of parliament for an unprecedented 13 consecutive terms. During his career, he served as minister for numerous federal departments including National Revenue; Consumer and Corporate Affairs; Industry, Trade and Commerce; and Regional Economic Expansion. Gray is the former Canadian Chair of the International Joint Commission, a bilateral organization that resolves boundary waters concerns between Canada and the United States.

The Parkway will provide a direct link between Canada and the United States -- our biggest trading partner -- and it includes 300 acres of green space featuring a recreational trail network and ecological restoration areas.

Construction of the Parkway is part of the McGuinty government's plan to create jobs, strengthen the economy and foster innovation and environmental protection.

Quick Facts

  • Gray is celebrating 50 years in public service. The Governor General bestowed the title “Right Honourable” to Herb Gray on January 15, 2002.
  • Gray is also a Companion of the Order of Canada, the highest designation of the Order of Canada — bestowed by the Governor General.
  • The Windsor-Essex Parkway will generate approximately 12,000 jobs through supporting existing industry, attracting new investment and expanding business opportunities. The majority of these jobs will be in the Windsor-Essex region.
  • Since spring 2011, 98 per cent of Parkway contracts have been awarded to local companies and 90 per cent of supplies come from local companies. There are about 500 people working on the Parkway construction site daily.
  • The Windsor-Detroit Gateway is Canada’s busiest crossing for trade. In 2010, over $250 million worth of cargo moved through this gateway each day.

Quotes

“Naming this busy Parkway after the Right Honourable Herb Gray is a fitting tribute to one of the hardest working politicians Canada has ever seen. As drivers make their way through the region, they will travel through green space he championed, and share a major trade gateway between Canada and the U.S. — a relationship he strengthened with his service. Herb Gray has earned respect from all political parties and families in Windsor, in Ontario and throughout Canada.”

Dalton McGuinty

Premier of Ontario

“Just as the Parkway is unlike any transportation infrastructure anywhere in Ontario, the Right Honourable Herb Gray is unlike any other representative of the people. I am proud to be part of a tribute that will permanently honour his 50 years of public service.”

Dwight Duncan

Minister of Finance and MPP for Windsor-Tecumseh

“It is an appropriate honour to name the Parkway after a local statesman who became one of Canada’s best known public servants. The Windsor-Essex Parkway is the first step toward the completion of a much needed and long-awaited new border transportation system for Canada’s premier trade gateway.”

Teresa Piruzza

MPP for Windsor West

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