Baird Explains Delay in Canada’s Full Seabed Claim

Foreign Affairs Minister of Canada, John Baird, recently mentioned in a statement that his government has doubtless intentions to lay claim the North Pole, though it is delaying a full international bid for seabed rights in the resource-rich Arctic since it wants scientists to gather ample data to endorse its territorial expansion.

In a news conference held on Monday, Mr. Baird explained why Canada has filed only a partial submission to the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf by last’s week’s deadline. He straightforwardly mentioned that Canada has no intention to forfeits claim to the geographic North Pole, which is anticipated to land it in a struggle with Russia and Denmark. Mr. Baird acknowledged that Canada has yet to complete its mapping of the underwater Lomonosov Ridge, which the government believes will successfully link it to the North Pole claims.

Mr. Baird revealed that the due date for Canada’s filing was Dec. 6, adding that Ottawa has already filed a partial claim last week that included a separate for 1.2 million square kilometres of Atlantic seabed rights plus a note saying it would file an Arctic claim at a later date. Mr. Baird mentioned that “we have asked our officials and scientists to do additional and necessary work to ensure that a submission for the full extent of the continental shelf in the Arctic includes Canada’s claim to the North Pole.” He added that “what we want to do is claim the biggest geographic area possible for Canada.”

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