Last week, Louis Fortier, scientific director of the Canadian research network ArcticNet, said the worst case scenarios about melting sea ice are coming true and the Arctic Ocean could be ice-free in summertime as soon as 2010 or 2015. Previous forecasts had pegged the year at 2050. "If reputable scientists are saying that, then (cultural genocide) isn't too strong a term," New Democrat MP Denise Savoie said. "Aside from the loss in terms of nature, it's also a huge loss culturally."
Bloc Quebecois MP Yvon Levesque, who represents the far north