“As a northerner, I want to say — first and foremost — that people in the North want development,” said Leona Aglukkaq, emphatically. “We want it!”
“You know, we talk about this as an area that is developing – Canada’s North is developing, the Arctic region of every country’s developing. But it’s the private sector that’s actually going to develop those regions — not scientists.”
Aglukkaq’s gung-ho stance on declaring the Arctic open for business is sure to unsettle many expert observers of the region, the focus of countless conservation campaigns around the world and widely seen as the prime planetary symbol of ecosystem-jarring climate change.