First, excellent article guys. I think one thing that Canadians, from border to border, agree on, is that we don’t want the Arctic to become an environmental mess like it has been in the past, particularly in Yukon and in the NWT.
This is particularly interesting when we start hearing that the Tories are selling Arctic territory reserved for Reindeers for oil and gas exploitation.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/tories-offered-up-land-reserved-for-arctic-reindeer-for-oil-and-gas-exploration-documents/article16992471/
One thing that I find particularly interesting about the development of the Arctic is the opening up of maritime routes in the summer. Russia, if I remember correctly, has a policy of making the freighting companies pay for a Russian ship to escort them all along the way, assuring a stream of revenues as well as controlling where the ships are going and what they are doing.