Santa Claus officially Canadian

After playing the

After playing the "Santa is Canadian" card in defending its bid for Arctic sovereignty, the federal government has upped the ante, issuing him a Canadian passport. (Fotolia)

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, Last Updated: 6:28 PM ET

After playing the "Santa is Canadian" card in defending its bid for Arctic sovereignty, the federal government has upped the ante, issuing ol' St. Nick and Mrs. Claus genuine Canadian passports.

"Santa and Mrs. Claus live in North Pole, Canada, with their many helpers. Like so many Canadian citizens who enjoy extensive travel around the world, the Clauses were thrilled to receive their ePassports," reads a press release from Immigration Minister Chris Alexander.

The cheeky release contains quotes attributed to Santa himself, described as "Chief Elf and Founding Operator of Santa's Workshop."

"After a long and joyous night of delivering Christmas gifts, Mrs. Claus and I are looking forward to our hassle-free vacation in Florida," he said.

The Tories also invoked Santa's name to promote the recently signed EU trade agreement.

"Santa also noted with much pleasure that the passage of the Canada Europe Trade Agreement will mean that toys produced in the North Pole will soon enter the European Union tariff-free." 


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