A ‘highway’ is a road. What about the Canadian International Highway?

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A 'highway' is a road. What about the Canadian International Highway?

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Highway 413 — formerly called the Algonquin Highway — is the name of a major highway linking the Montreal region to the Quebec City area. The northern section in Ontario, which stretches some 120 miles, is the capital of the province of the same name.

We also call the road the Canadian International Highway (CHI) because Canada considers its citizens to be citizens of “outside” Canada. When we make the connection between citizenship and distance, we’re using international borders as the dividing line. In the case of the official name, we must play by a different set of rules.

Doug Ford’s idea to spend $2 billion building a link between the province and Quebec City is at least partly logic — the roads in the area are already built — but it shows a lack of thought. How will it affect the current arrangement with the United States? Will a potential “Borderline Dams” be built along the border? (The Western Wall route of Highway 101 is named after a site currently being considered as a possible dam site.) Will motorists need to obtain driving permits before crossing the border, an added expense? Who will fill up that big pot of money?

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Not to mention this would be the first major “highway” linking Canada to Quebec, a relationship that has been hindered by low cross-border trade and a lack of comfort.

“There is the opportunity to leverage that economic opportunity” to make Ontario a safer place, Ford said in an interview. “And, not that it is safe right now, but we are the fifth most crime-ridden province in Canada… I’m sure if people had peace and safety and comfort, then maybe their motivation wouldn’t be to come and commit other crimes.”

At this point, we can’t be sure if Ford will succeed in his intentions to build the new stretch. But, he’s got a good excuse not to use the logic of technical application and common sense. Ford, the mayor of Toronto, has made anti-immigration, anti-trade (particularly with regard to China) and anti-immigration statements before. As part of his immigration policies, he proposed taking back Toronto’s port lands because of illegal immigrants moving through the city.

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