Harper is planning to spend $5 billion over the next five years to defend Canada's sovereignty over portion of the arctic with military ice-breaker vessels.
"There's no reason to create a problem that doesn't exist."
"We don't recognize Canada's claims to those waters... Most other countries do not recognize their claim."
"The United States defends its sovereignty and the Canadian government will defend our sovereignty,"
I'd like to know what people think about this. Is Canadian sovereignty over the arctic important? Why is it worth 5 billion? How ought we to understand Canadian sovereignty?