December 14, 2013

Is Santa Canadian?

The Economist, The Economist

The Associated Press

WHEN Russia made a big show of placing a Russian flag on the seabed at the North Pole in 2007, Canada’s then foreign minister Peter MacKay huffed that “this isn’t the 15th century” and countries couldn’t just go around the world planting flags and claiming territory. Yet in a move worthy of a medieval monarch, John Baird, the current foreign minister, announced on December 9th that the North Pole was Canadian. The government has instructed its scientists to provide the data to prove a claim described by Mr Baird as big and bold. (The prime minister’s parliamentary secretary went further still, asserting in the House of Commons that Santa Claus was Canadian.)

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TAGGED: North Pole, Arctic, Canada


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