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Cablegate: Canada Okays Flight Santa Sled 01

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SUBJECT: CANADA OKAYS FLIGHT SANTA SLED 01

1. (U) In a diplomatic note dated December 17, Canada's
Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade provided
authorization for Flight SANTA SLED 01 to overfly Canada, with
unlimited "touch and go" landings. (Full text in para 2.) The
diplomatic note also declared all Canadian children "nice" this
year and banned lumps of coal.

2. (U) Begin Text

Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade

Note No. IDR-1225

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada presents its
compliments to the Embassy of the Sovereign Republic of the North
Pole and has the honour to refer to its Note No. IDR 1225 of
December 12, 2009 requested authorisation for Flight SANTA SLED 01
with reindeer to overfly Canada and conduct unlimited "touch and
go" landings across the country.

The Department is pleased to inform the Embassy that the
authorisation has been granted on the understanding that while in
Canadian air space, the flight and gift giving will be conducted in
accordance with Canadian Air Regulations and Air Traffic Rule as
well as normal Customs, Immigration and animal control procedures.

As all Canadian children have been included on the "nice" list this
year, dangerous cargo such as lumps of coal are not authorised for
transport.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
avails itself of this opportunity to renew to the Embassy of the
Sovereign Republic of the North Pole the assurances of its highest
consideration and wishes all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

End text

3. (U) Mission Canada also offers all best wishes for happy
holidays and a successful 2010!
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