22 December 2012
Canadian citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney has issued a statement from his ministerial department Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) wishing Canadian citizen Santa Claus good luck as he prepares to set off on an epic round-the-world voyage.
Mr Claus became a Canadian citizen on 20th December 2010 at a special ceremony presided over by Mr Kenney. This was good news for Mr Claus who was able to enter Canadian airspace that year without the need to obtain a visa for the first time.
This year, Mr Kenney said that the staff at Alert Airport would leave the control tower lights on all night throughout Christmas to guide the intrepid traveller and his flying reindeer on their way. Alert Airport is sited at the northern end of Ellesmere Island in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. It is in the territory of Nunavut and lies only 817km from the North Pole. Alert is the northernmost permanent settlement on earth. Mr Kenney said that Mr Claus, being a traditionalist, was not yet a user of GPS technology.
Mr Kenney said ‘we want to ensure that Santa, and all Canadians, benefit from the potential of the North, making it a prosperous and secure region within a strong and sovereign Canada.’
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