NORTH POLE, Canada, Dec. 20, 2013 /CNW/ - Canada's Citizenship and
Immigration Minister Chris Alexander today presented Santa and Mrs.
Claus with the 2,999,999th and 3,000,000th ePassports at a special ceremony in Vaughan, Ontario.
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 Claus' were thrilled to receive their ePassports
— which are among the world's most accepted and secure travel
With his ePassport in hand, Santa's pre-flight checklist is nearly
complete. It will help ensure his present-delivery operations proceed
without a hitch. He and Mrs. Claus are also reportedly planning a
well-earned vacation in the near future. 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.
Whether for work or pleasure, Canada's ePassport allows for more
convenient travel for all Canadians travelling this Christmas season.
The ePassport is considered the gold standard of travel documents and is
used by elves and humans worldwide.
Santa Claus keeps his ePassport protected by storing it in a compartment
in his belt, keeping it safe from ashes, soot and snow.
During the holiday season, Canadians enjoy spending time with the ones
they love. The ePassport allows for convenient travelling when visiting
family and friends abroad.
Santa Claus confirms that Minister Alexander is on the "nice" list this
"Whether you are travelling by car, by boat, or with a team of flying
reindeer, Canada's ePassport is the most convenient and safe way to
Chris Alexander, Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister
"After a long and joyous night of delivering Christmas gifts, Mrs. Claus
and I are looking forward to our hassle-free vacation in Florida! Ho!
Santa Claus, Chief Elf and Founding Operator of Santa's Workshop in the
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