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Canada’s Arctic assertiveness

By Tom Nuttall  

Back in the January 2007 issue of Prospect, Peter Shawn Taylor wrote about Canada’s muscular foreign policy under its new conservative prime minister Stephen Harper. One example Taylor gave was Harper’s hawkish stance on the Northwest Passage, the Arctic sea route that connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. For most of the year, the route is unusable, which means that Canada, while formally claiming sovereignty over the passage, has been happy to turn a blind eye to American ships using it for the few days in summer during which it was navigable.

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