Canada submits Atlantic, Arctic continental shelf claims

Canada's Foreign Minister John Baird (R) and Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq walk past an...

Canada's Foreign Minister John Baird (R) and Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq walk past an Arctic map while arriving at a news conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa December 9, 2013. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Jessica Hume, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 5:16 PM ET

OTTAWA - Canada is asking the United Nations for a bigger territorial slice of the Atlantic and Arctic oceans - and the potential bonanza of resources the deep waters hold.

The federal government submitted two claims with the United Nation Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf - a final application for the Atlantic that adds 1.2 million square kilometres to the east coast offshore boundaries and an early application for the Arctic.

"We are securing our sovereignty, we are expanding our scope, our economic and scientific opportunities, we are defining Canada's last frontiers," Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq said Monday.

Scientist have been back to map more of the Arctic seafloor after Prime Minister Stephen Harper insisted the application include the North Pole - a region that no nation owns but that Russia and Denmark also want to call their own.

 


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