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Posted 23 December 2012 - 16:01

FREDERICTON - A tiny island between New Brunswick and Maine is the subject of renewed calls from both sides of the border to settle a territorial dispute once and for all.

Machias Seal Island is a flat, treeless piece of rock located about 19 kilometres south of Grand Manan Island and 16 kilometres west of the Maine coast at the mouth of the Bay of Fundy.

The island is a sanctuary for many kinds of seabirds including the Atlantic Puffin and draws visitors from around the world to observe them in the summer.

There are no permanent human residents on the island, just pairs of lightkeepers who spend 28 days at a time maintaining a lighthouse operated by the Canadian Coast Guard. The original lighthouse was built by the British in 1832, and a lighthouse has been maintained there ever since.

So why would anyone even care which country gets title to Machias Seal Island?

The answer lies in the 720 square kilometres of water around the island in what's called a grey zone. Lobster fishermen from both Canada and the U.S. fish these waters.

"The fishing community on Grand Manan is permitted to fish there on an open-end basis and it's our way of laying our claim to this water that is part of the Machias Seal Island dispute," said MP John Williamson, who represents the riding of New Brunswick-Southwest.

Williamson said the island is considered to be in his riding.

"I think our claim is sound and is legitimate, but at the end of the day it's going to come down to the minister in this country and the administration in Washington to settle it," he said.

"I think it is in the interests of both of our countries to do that."

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 16:04

They don't want the land, they want the Lobsters.

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 16:05

It is perhaps time for Canada to invade.

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 16:21

I live in Fredericton! Yeah, they both want the lobsters.

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 16:26

Bomb Canada NOW ! :woot:

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 16:32

Bomb Canada NOW ! :woot:


It will never happen. Way more countries love Canada more then the US. The US would be a parking lot before they even fired off the first missile.

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 16:34

^ Wal-Mart has already made us a parking lot. :laugh:

I like Canada too.

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 16:36

Maybe we should bomb Canada AND the US. :D

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 16:37

It will never happen. Way more countries love Canada more then the US. The US would be a parking lot before they even fired off the first missile.


HA HA HA Most people don't even know Canada is a Country, they just think it's part of the US

On a more serious note, no Country has the destructive power we have, and there's no Country out there that could pull off a strike without us knowing it

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 16:40

It is perhaps time for Canada to invade.

Canada yes please invade the US. Two ways this can go: one send your military forces to concor. Two send your young pretty females for US men to enjoy and then send your military. I prefer the latter if it means anything. It would be more effective. ;)

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 01:40

Why would anyone want to fight over that? It's nothing.

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 01:56

Why would anyone want to fight over that? It's nothing.



"The answer lies in the 720 square kilometres of water around the island in what's called a grey zone. Lobster fishermen from both Canada and the U.S. fish these waters."

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 01:56

It is perhaps time for Canada to invade.


I hope not. We already have enough of Justin Bieber.

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 02:05

Why don't we just go on sharing the waters ... ? Or would that make too much sense ...

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 02:07

Why don't we just go on sharing the waters ... ? Or would that make too much sense ...


Well you could get some countries over fishing the areas and pretty much killing off the fish for other ships.