is it more apparent, than in Northern Canada, that there is a direct
connection between Internet access and economic prosperity.
in communities like Baker Lake, Nunavut and Schefferville have all
experienced a dramatic shift forward since they have had access to
the types of Internet services that we take for granted in the south.
Teachers now have access to a world of information to share with their
students; institutions including airports and school boards are able
to use the same IP based administration systems available to their
southern counterparts; retail stores are tying into the same POS systems
that their southern partners have used for years.
In the north it is apparent that there is a learning process that
goes with the technology. New applications and uses arise over time
as people and businesses familiarize themselves with the Internet's
capabilities and they learn how these fit with their particular needs
I encourage more southerly Canadians to contrast their economy with
that of Northern Canada, and to consider how their lives might eventually
appear to even more connected economies, like those now evolving in
Korea and Japan.
I believe that we should follow the example of our northern communities
and continue to move aggressively forward by both deploying new connectivity
and in finding new ways to use the Internet to improve our lives.