While the Trudeau government seeks closer relations with Russia on Arctic issues, concrete foreign policy actions in the region are found wanting, write Arctic experts Heather Exner-Pirot and Joël Plouffe.
When Canada’s Liberal government was elected a year ago, there were calls for a bold and constructive new Arctic policy with an international spirit – one that would depart from the previous Conservative government’s sometimes combative and isolationist tendencies. But when Stephane Dion, the new foreign affairs minister, received his mandate letter from incoming prime minister Justin Trudeau, Arctic stakeholders were surprised that it lacked any reference to the region. The Arctic was absent or carried a low profile in all the other letters.
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