Prime Minister Harper Announces Seventh Annual Tour of Canada’s North

OTTAWA Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced that he will travel toCanada’s North for the seventh consecutive year, from August 20 to 24, 2012.During his visit, he will stop in the Yukon, the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and northern Manitoba, where he will make announcements in support of the economic and social development of Canada’s North.

“Canada’s North is a fundamental part of our heritage and our national identity and a region with unlimited potential,” said Prime Minister Harper.  “Our Government continues to work hand in hand with Northerners to help theArcticbecome a prosperous region within a strong and sovereign country.”

This year’s tour reflects the priorities set out inCanada’s Northern Strategy: exercising our Arctic sovereignty; protecting our environmental heritage; promoting social and economic development; and improving and devolving Northern governance.

Since 2006, the Harper government has made significant investments in Canada’s North. A full listing of the government’s investments can be found at www.northernstrategy.gc.ca.