Canada and the Antarctic

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In 1988 Canada ratified the Antarctic Treaty as a non-consultative party. As a signatory to the Treaty, Canada agreed to ensure that "in the interest of all mankind Antarctica shall continue forever to be used exclusively for peaceful purposes and shall not become the scene or object of international discord". In 1994 Canada became an associate member of the Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research (SCAR); and, after presenting evidence of continuing interest in science in Antarctica through substantial research there and the formation of a National Committee to communicate with SCAR, became a full member in 1998. The Canadian Polar Commission (CPC) is Canada's adhering body to SCAR; it maintains contact through its subsidiary, the Canadian Committee for Antarctic Research (CCAR).

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