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Boosting infrastructure in Canada’s North is critical for the health and wealth of the region, say advocates

By Selina Chignall      

'I’m tempted to say, ‘what infrastructure?’' says Conservative Senator Dennis Patterson of Nunavut.

Nunavut Senator Dennis Patterson (centre) joins members of the private sector in formally launching a project in Iqaluit in 2014. The Senator is calling for more robust efforts to provide crucial infrastructure to the region. Photo courtesy of the office of Senator Dennis Patterson

While the infrastructure needs of southern Canada are often seen as the focal point of shovel-ready projects, there is a critical need to boost infrastructure in the North. Ryan Greer, director of transportation and infrastructure policy at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, said the North is becoming "increasingly important” strategically because of the opening of the northwest passage, a new reality that raises questions about Canada’s northern sovereignty. The growing significance of the region, he explained, is coming up

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