On November 20, 2007, during the speech from the throne at the opening of the second session of the 39th Legislature of the Province of Manitoba, Lieutenant-Governor John Harvard said: "Manitoba has been working with the Canadian government and state governments in the U.S. to protect and enhance our access to key trade markets. In response to U.S. border security measures, Manitoba will begin offering an enhanced driver's licence as an affordable and secure form of identification for travelers. The new licence will be available in the fall of 2008.
"Manitoba is also taking a major role in the development of a Mid-Continent Trade Corridor, connecting our northern Port of Churchill with trade markets throughout the central United States and Mexico. To advance the concept, an alliance has been built with business leaders and state and city governments spanning the entire length of the Corridor. When fully developed, the trade route will incorporate an "in-land port" in Winnipeg with pre-clearance for international shipping."