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PM brings soft power and firepower to bear in the North - The Globe and Mail
Aug. 21, 2011 | G&M |GLORIA GALLOWAY. “I
would say within the last year and a half he has become more pragmatic,”
said Shelagh Grant, a researcher from Peterborough, Ont., whose book
Polar Imperative talks about the need for Canada to exert its sovereign
control over the vast expanse that holds so much potential for wealth
and development.
“For the first time,” she said, “I think he understands that you can’t
just send the army in camouflage rolling across the tundra and say we
are protecting Arctic sovereignty.”
Those who study the North say infrastructure – including ports,
search-and-rescue units, and navigation aids to be used by foreign ships
plying the Northwest Passage – will effectively tell other countries
that the Canadian Arctic is ours more forcefully than moving troops into
the region.
Artic  sovereignty  canadian  canada  Stephen_Harper  soft_power  infrastructure 
august 2011 by jerryking
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