Kiyoko Fujimura
Buzzbuzzhome Corp.
August 21, 2010

For the longest time, it hardly mattered who owned the land up North. After all, as much as we all love polar bears, it’s fairly destitute land without many prospects– or is it?

Turns out the Arctic has vast gas and oil reserves, and Stephen Harper isn’t letting Canada be ignored. After all, I always learned in school that Canada owned everything north of the 49th parallel– and I’m glad he’s fighting to keep that truth alive.

So what exactly does he have to prove?

According to the AFP:

The UN convention stipulates that any coastal state can claim undersea territory 200 nautical miles (370 kilometers) from their shoreline and exploit the natural resources within that zone.

Nations can also extend that limit to up to 350 nautical miles from their coast if they can provide scientific proof that the undersea continental plate is a natural extension of their territory.

And he’s committed to submitting the report by 2013. And he’s got conviction.

According to the AFP Harper stated:

“Canada’s sovereignty over what is our north… is non-negotiable.”

So screw the Russians, the North is ours. I mean, we’ve got that whole winter reputation anyway. I’m glad Harper is standing up for Canada on this one. The Arctic– and all the oil and gas that comes along with it– should be ours.

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