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Stories by Conservative Senator Dennis Patterson

Canada’s current approach to Arctic short-term in nature

These bills create a web of legislation that could negatively impact the future economic viability of the North without allowing for northerners to make those decisions for themselves.
Canada needs to act now to ensure that we don’t lose out on the space sector boom due to our inflexibility and inability to adapt to a rapidly changing sector.
Canada cannot dictate to the North what healthy and nutritious food is as it reforms Nutrition North Canada.
Until Canada exercises the political will to make major investments for essential service transportation, air travel will continue to be the only year-year-long option available in many northern and remote communities.
Parliament has never before had a committee dedicated to studying the Arctic, a region garnering increasing global attention.
But we need to make sure that we are investing smartly and taking the voice of northerners into account.
Canada's government has yet to move on two major opportunities to boost territorial economies.
It would bring us on the road to realizing Diefenbaker’s vision of accessing a corridor rich in mineral potential.

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