The Northwest Passage is a country lane, the Autobahn is the Northern Sea Route

Not well charted, dangerous for navigation, poor visibility, and glacier ice—the passage is not a panacea.

DND Photo: Private Dan Bard
Lieutenant (Navy) Teri Mullin, navigation officer on HMCS Toronto, takes a compass bearing in the port of Key West, Florida during Operation CARIBBE in January 2011.
David Gardam
Published: Wednesday, 05/14/2014 12:00 am EDT
Last Updated: Wednesday, 05/14/2014 12:11 am EDT

The following is the transcribed remarks of Rear Admiral David Gardam, director general for international security policy at the Department of National Defence, to the EU-Canada Cooperation in Common Security and Defence Policy conference in Ottawa on May 8. It has been edited for length and style:

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