The Arctic Council at 20 years: More necessary than ever

Address by Parliamentary Secretary Goldsmith-Jones, on behalf of Minister Dion, marking the 20th anniversary of the Arctic Council

September 29, 2016 – Ottawa, Ontario

“Cooperation with Russia on the full range of Arctic issues is simply in our best interests. And by the way, I am pleased to know that a Canada-Russia Arctic conference is planned for late November, with Carleton University again playing host.

Diplomacy and cooperation—with all members of the Arctic Council—are vital, which is why it is important that the Arctic be well and peacefully managed. The North is not a place for military confrontation or buildup. The Arctic Council is a forum for consensus. No consensus is possible without Canada and Russia working together, as difficult as that may be at times.”