The Ties That Really Bind

Profoundly intertwined, Ontario and Michigan need an economic strategy

Around the turn of the century, a little girl named Evelyn Dougherty migrated with her family from a hardscrabble farm near Sarnia, Ont., to central Michigan. The journey looms large in the consciousness of her grandson, Michigan Governor John Engler. "We should never forget how much of this state was settled by immigrants from the north," he observed in his airy office across the street from the state capitol building in Lansing. Engler is not about to develop amnesia. His ambitious economic plans for Michigan depend in no small part on the intimate connections forged between his state and the bordering...

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