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The 'humiliation' of the Polar Sea

It's been called "the Arctic Grail." For centuries, European explorers were obsessed with the quest for a route around North America to the Orient. Norway's Roald Amundsen finally conquered the Northwest Passage in 1906. But long Arctic winters meant the route couldn't be exploited commercially. Global warming could change all that by melting the ice and making the passage a key shipping route. But as this happens, the controversial question of sovereignty becomes increasingly important. Does the Northwest Passage belong to Canada or the world?

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Politicians including Joe Clark and Jean Chrétien weigh in on the recent sovereignty controversy regarding the American Polar Sea voyage.
Chretien
Medium: Television
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: Sept. 10, 1985
Guest(s): Jean Chrétien, Joe Clark, Thomas Niles
Host: Knowlton Nash
Reporter: David Halton
Duration: 2:48

Last updated: May 3, 2013

Page consulted on June 20, 2014

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