The largely aboriginal youth club — historically called upon to fight forest fires and volunteer in parks — is now part of the Canadian Prime Minister's "arctic soveriegnty" plan.
He's announced that he'll expand the program by 15%, to 5,000 junior rangers, if re-elected. to "support national security and public safety objectives and act as the military's eyes and ears in northern, coastal and isolated areas of Canada."
"We share the Arctic with a hostile state, unconcerned with international norms such as respect for territorial integrity," said Prime Minister Harper. "Justin Trudeau's alarming naïveté, and Thomas Mulcair's dangerously ideological foreign policy, mean that they simply aren't prepared to keep Canada safe."
Expanding the Junior Canadian Rangers
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NPS Votes 2015: Harper Announces Expansion of Junior Canadian Rangers [Northumberland View]