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I do not think that Canadian's had their views on the Arctic shaped by Stephen Harper as much as this article claims. Look at the Canadian national anthem, 'True North strong and free.' Our feeling of being a northern people and northern culture has been there, often hidden under periodical flamboyant issues, for a long time. Public discourse is always going to be fractured, however, I believe the actions by Stephen Harper, to bring the Arctic back to mainstream Canadian political thought, has reminded Canadians about our coast to coast to coast identity. We as Canadians need to engage the issues that are directly affecting us, the environment being a major one, and take the lead in using our inherent northern leadership and culture to shape the face of global environmental problems like climate change. This issue goes far beyond hydrocarbon exploration and exploitation. Canada's North is a breading ground of international rhetoric, its time to create the win/win scenario that has been in our grasp for the better part of 20 years with the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The Arctic is too important to put on the 'back burners' of international politics, nations need to work together on common issues and policies that benefit the many, instead of focusing on the few.

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