The Bridge on the River Croix

One of my favourite movies of all time is The Bridge on the River Kwai. Every year or so I dust it off and try to see it again from a slightly different angle. However, I just can’t figure out what Obi Wan Kenobi is doing in China during the WW2.

But I digress.

I had the opportunity to be involved with this project. No, it’s not the Atlantica project that wants to bleed Maritimers dry, suck out all the resources and leave an environmental wasteland. This is less ambitious. It’s a partnership between Bangor and Saint John and the communities in between to try and work together to enhance economic opportunity in a heretofore pretty economically challenged region.

Central to this is the new bridge over the St. Croix river bisecting St. Stephen and Calais (hence my awful pun for a title – but it does rhyme a bit).

It seems to me there is a real desire to make this cross border partnership work. Instead Bangor being at the top end of I95 and Saint John being an end point for the Maritimes, these guys have figured out they are actually central to this Atlantica economic zone and want to leverage that into economic opportunity.

I wish them well and I think that there are some people involved that are just passionate enough to try and make this work.