Harper announces Churchill airport funding
August 23, 2010, Churchill, Man. - Prime Minister Stephen Harper's northern tour has taken off with the announcement of airport upgrades in Churchill, Manitoba.
August 23, 2010 By The Canadian Press
It's Harper's first stop on a five-day tour of the Arctic, his fifth as prime minister.
Harper says helping northern communities grow and prosper benefits all Canadians.
The government is spending $13.4 million on upgrades to the airport in the city known as the polar bear capital of the world.
Harper's tour comes three days after the government unveiled a rejigged Arctic foreign policy which keeps the focus on staking Canada's claim to the region.