Harper is touring the Northern territories and giving the news media some fodder for a slow Summer. Here is what is commonly spouted by the mainstream media:
CTV’s Rosemary Thompson said the not-so-secret purpose behind Harper’s latest Arctic voyage is to show the world that Canada is serious about protecting its sovereignty.
“All this of course, is not just flag-waving, but to show Canadians and the world that Canada is an Arctic country,” she told CTV’s Canada AM from Iqaluit on Monday morning.
“The Americans are competing for part of this land, as are the Russians, the Danes and the Norwegians,” Thompson said.
I would like to hear somebody ask the Prime Minister (or any politician for that matter) simple economics question concerning this matter. Such as: “Who in their right mind would wrestle “control” over the arctic from Canadians? Taking control over the arctic would mean accepting the burden of subsidizing all of the industry and lifestyles of the people up there. Currently, in our global economy, the rest of the world gets to buy our resources at prices that are subsidized by Canadian tax-payers! Why, oh, why would any foreigner take that burden?!?”
Oh! I forgot! The global-warming-climate-change environmental hysteria card! We must defend our North because the polar ice caps are melting! Canadians will be drowning on the coasts and rushing up to the Northern territories for refuge. Silly me!
Despite what is on the line, Robert Huebert, the associate director of the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary, says Canada may be falling behind in its efforts to declare its sovereignty in the Arctic.
Hmm…. I have a hard time paying attention to the military-folk who need to defend their raison-d’etre in this global economy.