Federal ministers talk Arctic sovereignty in Iqaluit

By  Kira Wronska Dorward The world has changed over the last two years. In the Arctic, it’s changing four times faster. Words to these effect were echoed by all three federal ministers at the media roundtable discussion for Arctic and northern security in Iqaluit on the morning of May 6. The federal trifecta, Defence Minister Bill Blair, Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly, and Northern Affairs Minister Dan Vandal had met with the three territorial premiers the previous day in Nunavut’s capital to discuss the new policies outlined in the federal government’s latest northern security document, Our North Strong and Free: A Renewed Vision for Canada’s Defence. Partnership to create infrastructure in support Canada’s northern peoples “We gave [the premiers] an update,” began Blair, “in a secure environment on Arctic security…

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