Lock, Stock, and Icebergs: A History of Canada's Arctic Maritime Sovereignty by Adam LajeunesseLock, Stock, and Icebergs: A History of Canada's Arctic Maritime Sovereignty by Adam Lajeunesse

Lock, Stock, and Icebergs: A History of Canada's Arctic Maritime Sovereignty

byAdam Lajeunesse

Paperback | July 1, 2016

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In 1988, after years of failed negotiations over the status of the Northwest Passage, Brian Mulroney gave Ronald Reagan a globe, pointed to the Arctic, and said “Ron that’s ours. We own it lock, stock, and icebergs.” A simple statement, it summed up a hundred years of official policy. Since the nineteenth century, Canadian governments have claimed ownership of the land and the icy passageways that make up the Arctic Archipelago. Unfortunately for Ottawa, many countries – including the United States – still do not recognize the Northwest Passage as internal Canadian waters.

Crucial to understanding the complex nature of Canada’s Arctic sovereignty is an understanding of its history. In Lock, Stock, and Icebergs, Adam Lajeunesse draws on a wealth of recently declassified Canadian and American archival material to chart the origins and development of Canadian Arctic maritime policy – from the earliest police patrols in Hudson Bay to the deployment of nuclear submarines. Detailing decades of internal policy debates, secret negotiations with the United States, and long-classified joint-defence projects, he traces the circuitous history of Canada’s official claim to the Northwest Passage and the otber Arctic waters.

Lock, Stock, and Icebergs shows how successive governments spent decades trying to figure out what exactly ownership of these waters entailed. It sets the stage for understanding the challenges Canada now faces as it navigates a rapidly changing Arctic, especially in terms of balancing the political requirements of sovereignty with concerns about the environmental and economic and social development. One thing is certain: in the years to come, strengthening Arctic sovereignty will become a more complex process than ever before.

Adam Lajeunesse is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at St. Jerome’s University at the University of Waterloo.Adam Lajeunesse is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at St. Jerome’s University at the University of Waterloo. He is also a research associate at the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies and an ArcticNet project member.
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Title:Lock, Stock, and Icebergs: A History of Canada's Arctic Maritime SovereigntyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.1 inPublished:July 1, 2016Publisher:Ubc PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

1 The Origins of Canada’s Arctic Maritime Sovereignty

2 The Early Cold War and the End of Splendid Isolation

3 Continental Defence and Straight Baselines

4 Working with the Americans in the Arctic

5 The Nuclear Submarine and Early Arctic Operations

6 Canada’s Law of the Sea Priorities

7 The Manhattan Crisis and the Arctic Waters Pollution Prevention Act

8 Securing the Canadian Claim: Defence and Diplomacy

9 Canada and the Third UN Law of the Sea Conference

10 The Cold War under Ice

11 The Establishment of Straight Baselines

12 Unfinished Business

Appendix

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Editorial Reviews

In April 1988, after years of failed negotiations over the status of the Northwest Passage, Brian Mulroney gave Ronald Reagan a globe, pointed to the Arctic, and said “Ron that’s ours. We own it lock, stock, and icebergs.” A simple statement, it summed up Ottawa’s official policy: Canada owns the icy waters that wind their way through the Arctic Archipelago. Behind the scenes, however, successive governments have spent over a century trying to figure out how to enforce this claim. Drawing on recently declassified material, Lajeunesse guides readers through the evolution of Canada’s Arctic sovereignty, showing how the Northwest Passage and the surrounding waters became Canadian.Exceptionally well-written and researched, this book adds critical new insight into Canadian-American relations and negotiations over the status of Canada’s Arctic waters, particularly the Northwest Passage. It is a “must read” for all federal politicians, foreign affairs officials, scholars of the north, and anyone interested in Canada’s Arctic sovereignty and the measures needed to protect it. - Shelagh D. Grant, author of Polar Imperative: A History of Arctic Sovereignty in North America