Harper sees job creation as key to solving Far North’s problems – by Barbara Yaffe (Vancouver Sun – August 28, 2012)
The Vancouver Sun, a broadsheet daily paper first published in 1912, has the largest circulation in the province of British Columbia.
To combat harshness of life north of 60, Ottawa promotes natural resources development – and work it creates – as cure for what ails region
Stephen Harper shifted tone last week on his seventh annual foray to the Far North, talking less about national sovereignty and more about job creation. With most Canadians aware the north is not under any great foreign threat, the PM used the trip to focus more on northerners, promoting his ubiquitous jobs and growth strategy.
The region, which accounts for 40 per cent of Canada’s land mass, is becoming ever more high profile, with gradual melting opening up more economic opportunities. Resource exploitation, tour-ism and shipping are set to expand, and are bound to shine a bigger spotlight on those living in the region.
Northern residents are spread out across a vast terrain, with a population no bigger than that of Kelowna, at 117,000. More than half are aboriginal. Read the rest of this entry »