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Never mind all that


 

Doug Saunders suggests all that blustery talk of The North is a bunch of hooey.

In fact, it is emerging that the North never really has been a major part of the Canadian identity. A more accurate representation was outlined two years before Confederation by British Liberal leader and future prime minister William Gladstone. He stood in the House of Commons, during an 1865 debate about whether to grant semi-independence to the colony, and dismissed Canada glibly as a “long and comparatively thin strip of occupied territory between the States on one side, and the sterility of pinching winter on the other.”

Lawrence Cannon carries on undaunted.


 

Never mind all that

  1. It is impossible to take anything Saunders says seriously after he speaks of the "heavy militarization of the north" in the last two years.

    The "militarization" he speaks of consists, so far, of a few modest plans for coast-guard-like patrol ships and a few more Rangers armed with Lee Enfields. Saunders pretty much blows up any credibility he had with that single burst of hyperbole. The rest of his article is a pretty consistent attempt to kick as much stuffing as he can out of straw men of his own creation.

  2. So a Canadian government FINALLY takes a stab at asserting its Arctic sovereignty (a still inadequate stab, at that, but it's more than the sub-zero negligent effort in the past) and we mock this claim from within? Wow.