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On Russia and Arctic, Cannon blasted a Russian plan to drop paratroopers on the North Pole.



In the dark icy waters off Canada’s most northerly island coasts, a small yellow submarine called Discovery and a team of researchers in helicopters are busily building the case for drawing a new line, a line Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon calls the “last border of Canada.”

Although the work takes place in one of the most remote locations on earth, the researchers are not alone. Americans, Norwegians, Danes and Russians are all rushing to do the same. Canada has until 2013 to submit its research to a United Nations body that reports on the legitimacy of international border claims.

The high-stakes race has long-term financial implications as the melting arctic opens up to resource development and new shipping routes.

Mr. Cannon took a derisive swipe Thursday at reports that Russia intends to drop paratroopers on the North Pole in an attempt to establish a presence there.

“I don’t take this Russian initiative very seriously,” Mr. Cannon said in Ottawa after touring Canada’s arctic research projects on Borden Island earlier this week. “It was interesting, the contrast, to see our Canadians working extremely hard to collect the data… and on the other hand, we have the Russians that were playing games as to who can…READ MORE HERE.

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