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Building a new Arctic strategy for Canada

By Conservative MP Erin O'Toole      

Enhancing security and presence in our Arctic will mean funding complex infrastructure and defence projects over a long period of time.

As our committee report concluded, Canadians must take a wide view of Arctic sovereignty that recognizes that exercise of 'exclusive and effective control' over our territory can only be achieved by “supporting strong communities and empowering Arctic peoples.” Photograph courtesy of Flickr

In April, the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development issued a comprehensive report on the Arctic. The report is timely because of the rising ambitions of other nations in the Arctic, the impacts of climate change, and increasing commercial activity in Arctic waters. Ensuring security in the region will mean pursuing a strategy of engagement and partnership, both with Inuit and Indigenous communities in the North and with international allies.

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