Thanks to Global Warming, which is decreasing crop yields for staples like rice and could sink 21% of Bangledesh with a single meter rise in sea level (pushing 15 million people out of their homes), we also are looking at the prospect of an ice-free Artic summer in the near future. So, while Rome burns, Manitoba may be able to play the fiddle.
I was speaking with a rather well-educated guy the other day and he had no idea that Manitoba was well situated to take advantage of the ice melt because Churchill is closer to Asia and Europe than most people realize.
What? How can this be? Well, mis-education has helped many to see the world in a distorted, 2-dimensional, flat way. Here is what your grade seven teacher used as a world map:
As Lloyd Axworthy recounts in his book, “Navigating A New World” (Thanks to Andrew for the gift), we look to the East and West for links, rather than the North because of this distorted map. (see pages 329-336) But, we are living on a the geodesic surface of a sphere-like object.
The shortest distance from (1) Murmansk to Chicago; (2) Paris to LA; (3) Tokyo to New York; and (4) Beijing to Chicago all passes through Manitoba. When you look at the map above, this is counter-intuitive. But, looking at Earth cum geode, thanks to Google Earth, here are our four examples:
Manitoba should be looking at this and licking its collective lips. The Mid-Continental Trade Corridor policy is a vital part of Manitoba’s future. Winnipeg will be a key city in the future thanks to its strategic position as a bridge between literally hundreds of millions of people. The potential wealth generated by this trade corridor could leave us in a position to finally be the “Chicago of the North” if we manage it wisely.
The Mid-Continental Trade Corridor is one of the main reasons why I am optimistic about Winnipeg’s future.