At the Civic Auditorium in Winnipeg on Feb. 12, 1958, my hero, then-prime minister John Diefenbaker spoke of his vision for Canada’s Arctic. “We intend to carry out the legislative program of Arctic research, to develop Arctic routes, to develop those vast hidden resources the last few years have revealed…Plans to increase self-government in the Yukon and Northwest Territories. We can see one or two provinces there.”
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