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Description: OTTAWA — Sometime soon, Michael Byers fears, a single ship is going to define the limits of Canadian sovereignty. "This week or this month or this year, a single tramp steamer could take a run through the Northwest Passage to save 7,000 kil
Date: 18 August 2006
Author: by Graham Fraser
Source: Toronto Star
OTTAWA — Sometime soon, Michael Byers fears, a single ship is going to define the limits of Canadian sovereignty.

"This week or this month or this year, a single tramp steamer could take a run through the Northwest Passage to save 7,000 kilometres," the University of British Columbia political scientist says. "We might be able to stop them — but we might not."

For Byers, the real worry is that this could undermine Canada's insistence that the Northwest Passage and the waters of the Arctic archipelago are inland waters under Canadian control...

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