When one has to negotiate one needs a starting point. It would be foolish to have as a start the position you hope to end up with. We get Alaska but you have to keep Sarah Paulin and keep her off TV.
Unless the global warming theorists are right it is largely moot anyway since without open water there will be little development.
No use buying any US equipment, we've been using their stuff for 50 years and we haven't caught one intruder yet. We even had Russia do the aerial surveys that looks for mineral deposits just because the US would have been able to have the master copy of the data and we would get what they thought we were entitled to.
The funny thing is that I'm 90% sure we would side with you out of loyalty alone. That's what real friends do.
I lived in Resolute Bay Nunavut, and Churchill MB and been to almost every community in Nunavut from Hudson Bay east. This part of Canada was discovered and explored originally by Danes and Norwegians. Canadian explorers came later. Canada's future depends on access to resources, and most of the arctic remains untapped.
Canada must insist that all vessels in the NW Passage recognize Canadian sovereignty. Any search and rescue operations in the NW passage will be led by Canadians. Also who do you think is going to pay to clean up oil spills and other inevitable environmental disasters????
So yes we have a right to insist all vessels in these waters meet certain standards and carry insurance.
The best way to patrol this area is by air. ships and submarines are far too slow.
Seems less than when we expect form allies. At least we don't expect them to protect us from our own wrongs (should we do wrong of course).
Sure we do... as long as it's well established in international law that it does in fact belong to us.
That's when it's comfort to know a friend's got your six....
There are hundreds of maps and charts available. Just Google "Arctic Archipelago"....
Maps of the Northwest Passage (external - login to view)
There is no way in to any internal water, large enough in which to contest territory, that is not well within the 12 nm limit.
It's firmly established....
Then Canada's in the right and this is a non-issue. My main criticism is against those who would claim further Northern limits beyond what is firmly established. Those waters that are already establshed should be a non-issue and I fully agree with you there. I guess my question is just what territory the government is claiming precisely. If all it's claiming is the already established lands, then no issue.
Yes, James bay would be nice
If the Law of the Sea says all on our continental shelf is ours, then all on that shelf is ours regardless of whether we have troops there or not. Inversely, all that is not on our shelf isn't ours, no matter how many troops we have there.
Which is why a survey is being done so bluster does dominate over quiet Canada. Exactly what a contienntal shelf is not always clearly defined O saw on one TV show, it can get hazy. Science can do a great deal, but claiming land is a political act.
We always seem to be responding to Russian "bombers", howome they are never "fighters"? Without a presence up north, we look meek, and a presence means bases of the coast guard variety for a start.