If the government doesn't invest in infrastructure, education, and other long-term needs now, the gap between the ‘have’ South and the ‘have-not’ North will only grow.
Claims are inspired more by each country’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 Canada’s allies can’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.