MOSCOW ~ mentioned the possibility of military conflicts over energy in the Arctic
"At every opportunity in my discussions with foreign ministers, including with the Russian foreign minister (Sergei Lavrov), I have and will continue to have frank discussions — and that includes reiterating Canada will continue to defend Canadian Arctic sovereignty."
Cannon said the Conservative government's Canada First Defence Strategy will help the country's military "take action in exercising Canadian sovereignty in the North," and highlighted plans for a fleet of Arctic patrol ships, a deepwater docking facility in Nanisivik, at the north end of Baffin Island, an Arctic military training centre and the "modernization and expansion" of the Canadian Rangers — a northern patrol force made up largely of Inuit citizens of the North.
A report issued Thursday by the Senate committee on energy, environment and northern resources urged the government to bolster climate change research and mitigation in Canada's melting Arctic, and to do more to recognize that supporting social services and economic development among northern residents is "the most important component" of "strengthening Canada's sovereignty claims."
Last week, the Senate's fisheries and oceans committee also issued a report urging new measures to strengthen Canada's Arctic sovereignty, including arming coast guard icebreakers and giving the Canadian Rangers more responsibility as the "eyes and ears" of the North.