A student at the University of Victoria asked Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion how his policy on Arctic sovereignty differs from that of the Conservatives. Dion replied that a military presence in the Arctic is good but he would not elevate the issue to that of a key central policy the way Conservative Leader Stephen Harper has done.
"If we make it a military issue first, (using the) mentality of the 19th century instead of the mentality of the 21st century, well, we cannot win," he joked. "Because we cannot win against the Americans, we cannot win against the Russians and we are too civilized to shoot the Danes."
- Les Whittington