Harper has been pretty pleased with his commitment to Canada’s north throughout his time as Prime Minister. Arctic sovereignty has been a priority for awhile now.
The Prime Minister is in Resolute Bay this week on his summer Arctic tour to take a look at Operation Nanook – the annual military exercise to make sure our troops are prepared for potential military involvement whether as part of a disaster response or defending our borders.
All the focus on Arctic sovereignty of late is a little hard to take when the basic needs (food, housing, health) of many people living in the territory are barely being met. Part of Arctic sovereignty includes having a happy, healthy, productive population in the region. In order for that to happen, a lot of investment – of good people, creativity, time, and money – is needed. Arctic sovereignty needs to be looked at much more holistically and be viewed in a way that encompasses people, not just borders.