“We’re the automotive capital of Canada and you’re the Motor city. So the automotive industry really runs in our blood here and still does to this day.”
WDET’s Amy Miller speaks with Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens about Windsor’s relation to Detroit and how the city has felt the effects of Detroit’s economic depression across the river. Read the excerpt below and click the audio link above to hear their full conversation:
- Dilkens expresses the close link that both cities have as major automotive producers within their regions. He notes the importance of automotive jobs in the community and talks about the problems with the closing of the Chrysler plant that caused a jump in unemployment.
Dilken says sometimes crime is conceived differently in Canada. The lack of a right to bear arms gives the Canadian people a different view on deadly weapons and he notes that the rise in unemployment doesn’t necessarily mean a rise in crime in his city.
- Amy and Dilkens also look at the use of Great Lakes’ water and how this problem affects more than just the American states bordering the water. He says it is a freshwater source for the area and it is an incentive for people to move into the area and promote growth. Dilkens says he would be one of the first to step up in order to stop the sale of Great Lakes water.
Listen to the full conversation by clicking on the audio link above.