New Canadian leader vows to push Canadian sovereignty over the Arctic Passage
Thursday, January 26, 2006
Canada's next Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, said that Canada will be deploying three new armed icebreaking ships to patrol the Arctic passage and assert Canadian sovereignty over those waters. Harper also said Canada will be establishing an underwater network of "listening posts" in the Arctic waters.
"The United States defends its sovereignty; the Canadian government will defend our sovereignty," Harper said. "It is the Canadian people that we get our mandate from, not the ambassador of the United States."
Harper was responding to comments by the U.S. Ambassador, David Wilkins, who said yesterday; "We don't recognize Canada's claims to those waters. Most other countries do not recognize their claim."
In addition to the icebreakers, Harper announced a $1.7 billion deep-water port.