That’s me eating my words. I had said earlier that there is no way that the Stephen Harper is going to respond to the challenge by other countries to claiming land on the Arctic circle.

I was proven wrong. Today the Canadian prime minister said :

As the race to back up claims over the resources of the Arctic Ocean heats up, Canada has said it will build two new military bases in its far north.

Mr Harper said a cold-weather army training base would be set up at Resolute Bay and an existing port at a former mine at Nanisivik would be refurbished to supply Arctic patrol vessels.

I just hope that like some of this administration’s other promises (Ice Breakers for the Arctic region, Income Trust, Accountability etc.) are not empty words.

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