On Friday, Prime Minister Harper announced his intention to create and refurbish Canadian military bases in the Arctic.
BBC News, August 1oth:
[Prime Minister Stephen] Harper announced plans last month to build six naval vessels to patrol the…Northwest Passage, a shipping channel between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans currently blocked by ice during the winter months.
[Today] Mr. Harper said a cold-weather army training base would be set up at Resolute Bay and an existing port at a former mine at Nanisivik would be refurbished to supply Arctic patrol vessels.
He said the facilities would bolster Canada’s claims to disputed portions of the Arctic.
“Today’s announcements tell the world that Canada has real, growing, long-term presence in the Arctic”, [Mr. Harper said].
The seabed below the North Pole, an area containing as much as 25% of the world’s undiscovered oil and gas according to a US study..is not currently regarded as part of any single country’s territory and is governed instead by complex international agreements.