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Harper heading north of 60 again for sovereignty swing

Stephen Harper is heading far north again this month, as part of his campaign to bolster Canada's claims to Arctic sovereignty.

Prime minister to visit N.W.T., Yukon; expect two announcements, official says

Stephen Harper is heading far north again this month, as part of his campaign to bolster Canada's claims to Arctic sovereignty.

The prime minister will visit the Northwest Territories and the Yukon later this month and will make at least two announcements.

Harper plans a three-day visit to Inuvik, Tuktoyaktuk and Dawson City, including a meeting of the high-level cabinet planning and priorities committee in Inuvik.

A senior government official said the visit demonstrates the significance Harper places on the North, especially with the growing "geopolitical importance" of the melting Northwest Passage.

The official, who asked to remain anonymous, hinted the announcements will involve infrastructure and putting "boots on the ground."

Last year, Harper committed to building Arctic patrol ships and a deep-water northern port, and boosting the military presence in the Far North.

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