Phil Steinberg picks up nicely on an observation by a Canadian Governor General. As G-G Johnston remarked, “First of all, I was trying to figure out what was land and what was sea. And I still find that confusing in terms of the North Pole and our land claims and the extension of the continental shelf underneath”.
Amidst the ongoing effort by countries to assert their presence in the far North (note: I’m careful to use the word ‘presence’, not ‘claim’ or ‘sovereignty’), a little gem was issued this weekend by Canada’s Governor-General, David Johnston.
Johnston was interviewed by Toronto’s Globe and Mail, following his recent visit to Alert, Nunavut. Just over 500 miles from the North Pole, the Canadian military/research station is the world’s most northerly permanently inhabited settlement.
Midway through the interview, Johnston was asked, ‘What did you make of Alert just as a place?’
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