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Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
(ADRIAN WYLD AND MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/THE CANADIAN PRESS/ASSOCIATED PRESS/RIA-NOVOSTI)

Why Harper and Putin want the North Pole

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On either side of the North Pole there are two political leaders who understand its political value.

Stephen Harper and Vladimir Putin also share a vision of their countries as resource powers that spurs their interest in the vast Arctic. But there’s no doubt they like to use the Far North, and claims to it, as a political prop.