If the government doesn't invest in infrastructure, education, and other long-term needs now, the gap between the â€˜haveâ€™ South and the â€˜have-notâ€™ North will only grow.
Claims are inspired more by each countryâ€™s desire to be seen as an Arctic power, and less by extractable value, says Prof. Adam Lajeunesse.
The potential for conflict between Russia and Canadaâ€™s allies canâ€™t be forgotten among other priorities.
Intergovernmental and Northern Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc cautions that private-sector options to get food up north faster, like Amazon, are limited in scope.
With its current emissions-reduction targets, Canada is not committed to keeping the Arctic cold enough to ensure the survival of the Inuit.