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Canada’s Arctic ‘a serious border we must master and manage,’ says leading security expert, as accelerating climate change dramatically alters the North

By Mike Lapointe      

Canada is facing a 'once-in-a-century opportunity to finally complete nation-building in the country by putting our efforts for innovation and investment into the North,' according to Arctic expert Jessica Shadian.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured in 2019 in Arctic Bay, Nunavut. According to a recent Arctic report card spearheaded by a number of researchers from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the University of Colorado Boulder, 'the transformation of the Arctic to a warmer, less frozen, and biologically changed region is well underway.' Photograph courtesy of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Twitter

As accelerating climate change continues to radically alter this country’s vast, disparately populated, and resource-rich Arctic landscape, Canadians, politicians and policy-makers should no longer view the region as a “distant tundra,” according to security expert Irvin Studin, who argues that Canada should be regarded as a “major Arctic country” with a “serious border that we must master and manage.”

Mike Lapointe

Mike Lapointe joined the The Hill Times in June 2019 and covers the federal public service, deputy ministers, the Privy Council Office, public service unions, the Phoenix pay system, the machinery of government, and the Parliament Hill media.
- mlapointe@hilltimes.com


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