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Is Santa Canadian? Future Prime Minister Isn’t Sure, Doesn’t Care

If America has any plans to claim the North Pole as U.S. territory, just wait a few years. Justin Trudeau will let you have it without a fight.

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Kathy Shaidle

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December 10, 2013 - 8:00 am
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Every year, Canadian kids write letters to Santa, and he writes back — with a little help from his trusty “elves” at Canada Post.

You just have to address your letter to “Santa Claus, North Pole, Canada,” along with the postal code “H0H 0H0.”

Cute, right? It’s a little thing, but it speaks to the fact that Canada considers the North Pole and its environs part of its sovereign territory.

We’ve been printing our maps that way for over a century, even before anyone realized that this godforsaken region boasted trillions of dollars worth of natural resources.

Not surprisingly, not everyone agrees on who owns what, so the matter’s been turned over to the UN. That means the matter won’t be resolved for years, if ever.

Asked what he thought about the issue, Liberal Party leader (and presumed future Canadian prime minister) Justin Trudeau shrugged that he’d leave it for “scientists” and “experts” to decide, and added that he didn’t want to turn it into a tawdry “political” matter.

Wow, what inspiring leadership! And hey, what could be less “political” than… the borders of your own country?

Shipping lanes? Defensive military outposts? Oil and gas revenues? Whatever!

And never mind international law or history or even folklore. “Science” is the only guide you need to everything! It’s never wrong!

It’s easy to imagine Justin’s dad, for all his many faults, answering the question very differently when he was prime minister:

“We own the North Pole! Hell, we own the moon, too! [Insert French swear words.]”

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Kathy, in all honesty, I see Justin (and I continue to call him the Dauphin) taking pages from Obama.

Yes, Obama is more popular outside the US than he is inside the US, but that doesn't make him right.

Besides, why does the Dauphin think the Kremlin will be a better job of responsibly developing the Arctic, than Canada?
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Anyways, whomever gets the North Pole will have to contend with all the doo-goooder environmentalists that want to save the arctic shrimp from oil drilling, etc. heck, even the US can't do a thing about drilling in Alaska. Imagine Canada! Might as well let Putin have it. I like the way he deals with Greenpeace.
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How did this turn into a discussion over Quebec, again? Sovereignty over the arctic is not a new question. It's one of the reasons we maintain a presence in the North with places like CFS ALert, have the Rangers (native para military forces, regular and reservists), have forward operating locations for our interceptors (under NORAD) and send ships and troops there every summer. We intercept Russian bombers there, just like the US does in Alaska. What does Greenland do again?

If I'm not mistaken, Canada's claim is for a "slice of the pie" that goes and ends at the geographic north. I don't think Canada claims the whole top of the world.

Anyway, greenpeace says it's melting, and Santa would not lie to kids, right?

Okay, now tell me what Greenland does again?
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"How did this turn into a discussion over Quebec, again? "

Because if you take Quebec out of the election process, the end result looks a lot different than Trudeau.

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Unfortunately, I'm afraid you are right about Quebec and Trudeau. But the electorate can be fickle, it's between the NDP and the Liberals for Quebec. It also explains why the CBC is trying to crown Trudeau as the next messiah in the rest of Canada.

I agree that Russia also has a good clim for the arctic, having Nuke subs does that. But the "particularly under the current government" is untrue. Harper has pushed for a lot more involvement in the North than any government I remember... ever.

Trudeau's reply that it's up to scientist to determine who the land belongs to is the answer of a nincompoop. Land ownership is a political matter and the answer shows he has no leadershif or trying to schluff off the question. At least he could have given platitudes about coexistance, etc.
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I call him “Little Lord Fault-leroy.”

Too many syllables for me; I call him "The Little Prince", so I have more time left for additional swear words.

As for jettisoning Quebec, I'm afraid if they went English Canada would just nominate some other minority language for special protection - probably Algonquin.
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Take it, please, O Canada! If not, the U.S. soon will be subsidizing Santa's Workshop with the full support of Congress, since the membership throws our money around on toys of any kind - just ask, and it shall be given.

But Santa needs to understand that any subsidy comes with strings attached, like affirmative action (beware elves), workplace rules, diversity, wage, and gender parity, etc. So think, Santa! Think, hard and seriously before jumping at any offer that gives a lot for a little. It's a trick - just ask any of the States - they're forever being snookered.

O Canada, take thee the North Pole and place it up thy frozen ----- ! Please!
1 year ago
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Santa Claus aka Sinterklaas is Dutch, not Canadian. And he lives in Spain (where he and his elvish slaves enjoy socialized medicine) a much nicer climate than...Canada. No need to look at maps or post codes, Santa Claus lives in Spain. And if you like your Santa Claus, you can keep him. Period.
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This is silly! We folks of Finnish descent know that The North Pole is in Finland.
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My condolences, Kathy. :(

Maybe you guys would be better off if you just let the pseudo-French have Quebec. Keep a strip of sovereign Canadian territory across it from Ontario to New Brunswick wide enough for a good, healthy, 16 lane highway and ancillary service roads (for rest stops, etc.), and let the PF have the rest! Okay, you need another one over to NF&L, I guess. Or just give them most of it, or something. Fine. Details TBD.

Once they are no longer Canadian citizens, you can toss out the French language requirement, and a bunch of other nonsense. In fact, mandate English-only in all government dealings. Street signs, etc.

That will make most of the pF move to Quebec, where they can all commiserate with each other and run their new country into bankruptcy, while you guys begin the process of getting back to being a sensible country.
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