For me, the problem is that this stand is leading to new Defence spending patterns--focused on ships and planes to defend the Arctic. But as I have mentioned before, given how little Canada has to fund this stuff, it will never develop the capacity to deter or stop the encroachments of its potential adversaries (well, except for the Danes).
But now I know why Harper has been pushing this. He must read Maxim (Canada), since these are the results of their survey of Men:
|Q34: Should Canada assert its sovereignty over the Arctic?
PS I am aware that if Arctic Sovereignty is AS, that makes me an ASS.