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Arctic policy framework released ‘last minute’ ahead of October election, say experts

By Neil Moss      

Liberal MP Larry Bagnell says he thinks the timing wasn't due to the federal government's framework on the Arctic and Canada's North being rushed, but rather due to waiting on territorial partners co-developing the package.

Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett, pictured, announced in December 2016 that the Liberal government was developing a new Arctic policy framework. It was released on Sept. 10, a day before the election call. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

After nearly three years of waiting, the release of the Trudeau government’s much-anticipated Arctic policy framework was rushed ahead of the looming election, possibly with the aim of avoiding a campaign “vulnerability” for the Liberals, say experts.

Neil Moss

Neil Moss is a reporter at The Hill Times covering federal politics, foreign policy, and defence. 
- nmoss@hilltimes.com


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