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Thursday, August 17, 2006

True, NORTH, Strong...

During the 2005-2006 federal election campaign, US Ambassador David Wilkins stated the United States doesn’t think Canada owns the north: “We don't recognize Canada's claims to those waters... Most other countries do not recognize their claim."

Pardon me?

Last I checked there is a perfectly good map showing Canada’s boundaries extend up through the Artic and run smack dab into Russia up there in the land of eternal winter.

In military circles it is well known that other countries do submarine reconnaissance through our (yes, our) northern waters without our permission.

If you buy there is some kind of global warming underway, and most of us do, the potential for an open waterway and easy access to rich resources, including oil and diamonds, is a siren call for other nations. Some suggest the waters could be fully open by 2015, 170 years too late for Franklin’s ill-fated expeditions but just in time for the rest of us.

Other nations have been perfectly happy to let Canada steward the region when it wasn’t accessible, but now that our north is becoming steadily more valuable, the Americans and Danes are sniffing around like dogs in heat.

Up until recently, the most we’ve done to protect our northern border was the odd research mission and the frequent flying of supplies into isolated Inuit communities. Canada also placed radar stations across the north, mainly to measure electrical fields and currents.

Beyond that, it didn’t really seem all that important for generations of Canadian politicians. The three northern territories have a combined population of 140,000 – about the same as Kelowna or Abbotsford – they are hardly a political epicentre.

Last weekend, Prime Minister journeyed to the North to launch a 12 day military operation to fulfill a campaign promise that his government will not tolerate other countries messing around on our real estate.

Because the Northwest Passage is 7,000 kilometres shorter than the route through Panama, the US and European countries would like to see it declared international waters. Canada maintains that international waters start 200 kilometres outside our borders.

By asserting our sovereignty, Harper is ensuring that Canada won’t just roll over and capitulate to international pressure when it starts to ramp up over the next decade.

Beyond the economic concerns about handing away the Passage, come grave environmental worries.

The government has recently introduced tough new marine regulations governing the shipping industry. After this week’s oil spill near the Philippines, controlling shipping through this sensitive area becomes as important as ownership.

Canada needs to be vocal and strong about our boundaries or they will gradually be eroded, even by our friends.


At 10:42 a.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

A passage from ocean to ocean is international waters under maritime law. A interpretation of law that Canada is strongly in favour of, except for the Artic passage, which for some reason is different, right?

At 10:46 a.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Canada needs to be vocal and strong about our boundaries or they will gradually be eroded, even by our friends."

Or you could act like we do in the US and just pretend that boundaries and borders don't exist.

I am not sure of the Tory government's claims on Arctic waters, but Stephen Harper gets it: a soverign nation must protect its borders.

Why did he have to be born in Toronto? We could use that logic here in the States.

At 11:13 a.m., Anonymous E J Hosdil said...

Anyone who says that the North West passage belongs to Canada should inform the Russians that the Black Sea belongs to Turkey (instead of International waters) and tell Finland that they can only traval to Norway by sea with the permission of Demark and Sweden. What kind of non-sence are you going to say next: Canada own the Great Lakes? Are you going to ban all non-Canadians from the St. Lawrence Seaway?

At 11:39 a.m., Anonymous Anne said...


Oh, there is not a day that goes by that I don't wish we could kidnap Harper and find some loophole and run him for President. He is absolutely amazing.

At 1:34 p.m., Anonymous Sean, Vancouver Quadra said...

Well, oh well.

So the North-West-Passage is the key point in Canadian politics!

Is that why Harper refused to dare to show up at the HIV/AIDS Conference in Toronto?

How dare he expect to speak for all of Canada when he doesn't.

Too many people are suffering from this dreaded disease to not take advantage of a great photo-opportunity in showing up.

Do you know that the mighty David Orchard is throwing his support behind Stephan Dion's leadership race! Those who are truly Red Tories are more than welcome in the Liberal Party of Canada, especially if Monsieur Dion is elected the leader.

Canadians don't give a damn about the North-West Passage. Canadians want a compassionate leader who can deliver on social issues, and not flexing muscles. WE are Canada, not the United States of America where the Harper style seems to work. Canadians don't want a leader that is as decisive and devisive as Harper is.

At 1:48 p.m., Blogger SilverWinger said...

Sean said;

"How dare he expect to speak for all of Canada when he doesn't"

Sean he is our elected Prime Minister and speaks for all of us, you included.
And by the tone of your arguments you seem to be out of touch on other things as well.

At 1:48 p.m., Anonymous Anne said...

Canadians don't want a leader that is as decisive and devisive as Harper is.

So, Canadians would prefer someone who dithers while he divides instead?

At 6:14 p.m., Anonymous Sean, Vancouver-Quadra said...

...With the recent opinion polls showing that the leaderless Liberals are in the lead, Harper had better start to worry about his image.

...With Red Tories, such as Joe Clark, Maureen McTeer, Sinclair Stevens, Flora Macdonald, and David Orchard rushing to the Liberals, Harper had better worry.

...With litres of Canadian blood being lossed in Afghanistan, and Harper's unwavering support of Operation Endurance, he had better worry.

Canadians do not want their money being spent on National Defence or the so-called phoney issue of Arctic Sovereignty....Canadians want their government to focus on the support of gay marriage, AIDS/HIV funding, the Insite Drug Drop in Clinic, National Childcare, and Neutrality in the Middle East. We also want a government that will have the courage to stand up to the extremes of the GW Bush administration.

At 10:18 p.m., Anonymous Scott said...

Wow, simply wow, if you can not see the importance of the north in the years to come then you are truly as ignorant as we have been made out to be by Canada's critics. One word should sum it up: Resources

At 7:39 a.m., Blogger Ontario Lad said...

With Red Tories, such as Joe Clark, Maureen McTeer, Sinclair Stevens, Flora Macdonald, and David Orchard rushing to the Liberals, Harper had better worry.

A failure of a Prime Minister and........David Orchard. Yeah, we're quaking in our boots.

At 1:21 p.m., Anonymous Larry said...

Good on our Prime Minister Stephen Harper, for going to the far north and confirming that area belongs to Canada.The international community now knows Canada's Conservative government official stand regarding the far north area.

At 1:51 p.m., Anonymous Sean, Vancouver-Quadra. said...

I'm not upset with PM Harper for staking Canada's rightful claim to the Northwest Passage. It's ours, and we have full right to claim it as ours! I give him full credit for doing so.

What I am upset with, however, is the timing of his visit to Nunuvut. Why did he have to do it doing the 16th International AIDS Conference? Couldn't he have put it off by about a week so he could have at least attended the opening and/or closing of the Conference? And, why did Health Minister Clement postpone (suddenly) Canada's AIDS funding anouncement? It can't be because AIDS is a "highly politicized" policy, as Harper is on the record as saying.

Harper should have at least attended the Toronto Conference; not doing so will just harden his already granite like facade.

...Oh yes....What about INSITE here in Vancouver? Are the Feds going to continue to allow it, or are they going to let it die due to a lack of funding?

At 6:52 p.m., Blogger Bernie said...

There is no such thing as AIDS.
The Great "HIV" Hoax
written by Patrick Rattigan ND

The multi-billion dollar/pound AIDS/HIV fraud is based on two fabrications : that AIDS is a single disease and that it is caused by the HI virus or the "HIV virus" as some medical/media masterminds call it - perhaps they think the V in HIV stands for volcano. In Japan "AIDS" is virtually unknown : yet, in random tests, 25% of people were found to be "HIV-positive".
HIV-positive response means nothing of any relevance to health : it can be triggered by vaccination, malnutrition, M.S., measles, influenza, papilloma virus wart, Epstein Barr virus, leprosy, glandular fever, hepatitis, syphillis ... : over sixty different conditions.
"HIV...is one thousandth the size of a regular cell....HIV is simply a harmless piece of dead tissue, not unlike the numerous other retroviruses that exist in our body..."
Dr Robert E. Willner, who inoculated himself with the blood of Pedro Tocino, a HIV-positive haemophiliac, on live Spanish television. The great HIV/AIDS lie was created by Robert Gallo who was found guilty of "scientific misconduct".

At 6:59 p.m., Blogger Bernie said...

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At 1:05 p.m., Blogger Bernie said...

"We must humbly admit
that a single mistake can trip a series of dominoes that
can ruin the rest of one's life."

At 5:10 p.m., Anonymous Raymond said...

Sean: You speak only for yourself and your socialist-drone lackies. PMSH is the best thing to happen to Canada in a very, very, long time. I hate to rain on your parade, but Harper still has a commanding lead over the 'weathervane' gang. Your rhetoric may have resonance in some urban areas, but do not count a great many of us as your brand of 'Canadian'. Giving free needles to junkies? Really, man. Many Canadians do want a capable military and are concerned about arctic sovereignty. I believe Canadians DO want a decisive leader. Troops in Afghanistan? It was your beloved Liberals who put them there in the first place AND realigned their role into that of Combatants. Sorry pal. You need to crawl out of that urban sanitorium & get some sun.

At 1:09 a.m., Blogger YVRpilot said...

"On guard we stand for thee"

Put me in an F-18 and I'll patrol the territories for intruders. If diplomacy won't do, I'll be waiting for my phone to ring!

At 1:30 a.m., Anonymous Larry said...

Hi Sean,PM Harper sent his Health Minister to the aids conference.PM Harper said the conference was too overly political. Besides, had Canada's Conservative PM attended the aids conference the left-wingers and radical homosexual activists would have booed our PM. Canada's Conservative government will eventually donate some money for the aids cause./ Berine,the interesting info you gave regarding aids,is probably a few studies but is not conclusive medical conformation.

At 8:16 a.m., Blogger Bernie said...


EVERYTHING we've been taught
in school and told by the
media is a lie.

1.There was never a moon landing.

2.All wars are orchestrated
by the international banking
elite, the banking cartel.

3. The Earth is NOT Moving!

4. There is no so thing as AIDS,
but it is the vaccines that will
kill you. This is deliberate policy
to reduce the Earth's population.

5. I could give you 96
others State Scams/Conspiracies.

At 8:19 a.m., Blogger Bernie said...


One more thing I forgot to
put in the last post.
Have you seen this by
Dr. Peter Duesberg?
Inventing the AIDS Virus: FAQ

At 11:27 p.m., Anonymous Larry said...

Bernie,simply we disagree on this one.

At 7:59 a.m., Anonymous Paul said...

Giving free needles to junkies? Really, man.

Raymond, I would like to know what part of the country you live in. I live in Vancouver and I see first-hand the benefits of the safe injection site. Fewer people are dying because of drug overdoses and I see fewer needles littering the streets. Studies have shown that the site also leads to more people seeking treatment and getting off injection drugs. Give me a good reason to close the site beyond the customary ideological tripe.

At 9:26 p.m., Blogger badblogger said...

I have been following the HIV=AIDS debate for over 14 years, and the only thing I have consistantly seen is more hedging and hoopla coming from the HIV/AID$ propaganda machine.
With AIDS now a rare disease in the US, they dumped it on poor Africans. Here is a documentary video link with a free download that systematically destroys the HIV=AIDS hype. www.hiv-aids-factorfraud.com Also a good fiction novel that presents a courtroom conflict can be found at www.theaidstrail.com
Hope this helps!

At 9:31 p.m., Blogger badblogger said...

I have been watching the HIV=AIDS debate for over 14 years and the only thing I have seen that is consistant is the AIDS industry's hedging and hoopla while continually propagandizing this failed hypothesis.
If you want to see a free download from a video documentary that destroys the HIV/AIDS hypothesis, go to www.hiv-aids-factorfraud.com . Also to read a great novel that presents factual arguments in a fictional setting check out www.theaidstrail.com
Hope this helps

At 1:42 p.m., Blogger Jon Allan is Planning said...

The U.S. has tried to compare the South China Sea to the NorthWest Passage. I find this ridiculous seeing as the South China Sea is surrounded by almost a dozen different countries, meanwhile the North West passage actually cuts straight through the Canadian Arctic archepelageo. Not to mention the fact it's narrow as hell with Canada on the South and Canada to the North.

I disagree with America, and as an aside, we should ensure we defend that piece of rock we call Hans island. If the Danes think they can come and claim it as theirs, we might as well go and take over Greenland for ourselves.

I am not a Stephen Harper supporter, but I support 100% his ideology of protecting Canada from within, and that includes guarding the North.

God damn I can't stand American ignorance and arrogance. I'm not exactly the least pompous person in the world, but for christ's sake back off.

At 10:02 a.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish the person who thought of making AIDs or HIV had a brain and used it corectly. You damaged alot of peoples lives. How could you play God and think you would get away with it? Shame on you! Fake test! How would you like to live on a low imcome? What if the person is not Gay or of Color or a drug attic or had STDs tested POSSITIVE? Is that fiar?


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