Canada’s prime minster marked the first day of his annual northern tour with the announcement of the National Research Council (NRC) Arctic Program.
The research focus will be on technology that will ‘improve the lives of northeners’ and aid economic development in Canada’s northern regions.
“The Government of Canada is committed to harnessing science, technology and research to further develop Canada’s North and improve the lives of Northerners,” Harper said in a news release on Thursday. ” The new National Research Council Arctic Program will help improve housing, transport and resource development.”
Harper is currently on a six-day tour of Canada’s North ending on August 26th.
Thursday’s announcement was made at the Yukon Cold Climate Innovation Centre, within the Yukon Research Centre of Excellence at Yukon College in northwestern Canada.
Upcoming stops on the prime minister’s tour include Canada’s Northwest Territories and Canada’s eastern Arctic territory of Nunavut.
Write to Eilís Quinn at eilis.quinn(at)cbc.ca
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