Boost Coast Guard in Arctic

Published: Wednesday, 06/25/2008 12:00 am EDT

The Canadian Coast Guard needs to be better prepared, mandated and funded to meet emerging challenges in a rapidly changing Arctic, states a report from the Senate Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans. Among the recommendations are that Canada develop a stronger year-round presence to "show the world that Canada is serious about controlling the Northwest Passage" and deployment of multi-mission icebreakers by the Coast Guard as a cost-effective solution to Canada's surveillance and sovereignty patrol needs in the Arctic.

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