Harper’s Xmas Wishlist, according to US embassy

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Cable 08OTTAWA1585, STEPHEN HARPER’S CHRISTMAS WISHLIST

Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
08OTTAWA1585 2008-12-23 18:06 2011-04-28 00:12 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Ottawa

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SUBJECT: STEPHEN HARPER'S CHRISTMAS WISHLIST 

1.  (SBU)  As Santa Claus prepares to leave his North Pole 
(Canada) base to deliver presents around the world (with 
NORAD dutifully tracking his progress), Prime Minister 
Stephen Harper may be offering up his own wistful wish list 
for Christmas 2008, perhaps as follows: 

--  President Obama's first phone call after the inauguration 
is to PM Harper, with an invitation to visit the White House 
ASAP to learn from Harper's insights and experience; 
--  the North American recession turns out to have been a 
"Dallas"-like dream sequence, and we all wake up to healthy, 
expanding economies with solvent banks (based on the Canadian 
regulatory model) and full employment; 
--  the 2009 Canadian budget passes the House of Commons 
unanimously; 
--  Newfoundland Premier Danny Williams recants his 
Venezuelan/Che Guevara economic theories and gives free 
rights to Newfie water to AbitibiBowater in perpetuity, 
leading Maude Barlow to emigrate to Zimbabwe; 
--  Quebec voters come to their senses, abandon the Bloc 
Quebecois, and vote en masse for the Conservatives in the 
next election, creating a stable Conservative majority in the 
House of Commons; 
--  the three opposition parties in Parliament drop all 
objections to an elected Senate, which all provinces then 
rush to endorse as well; 
--  the Liberal Party national convention delegates in May 
2009 unanimously pick discredited ex-leader Stephane Dion as 
the party's new permanent "Leader-for-Life;" 
--  scientists discover that Canada's oil sands have a 
positive effect on climate change and can be efficiently 
extracted even at a world oil price of $10 per barrel; 
--  Russia abandons all claims to the Arctic and donates its 
nuclear submarine that remains wedged between two ice floes 
to the Canadian Navy, thereby doubling Canada's blue-water 
capabilities; 
--  millions of newly rich Chinese consumers develop a sudden 
craze for Canadian-made SUVs and trucks; 
--  after successfully democratic Afghan elections in 2009, 
the Taliban and al-Qaeda give up and "go home," peace and 
stability emerge throughout Afghanistan, and the Canadian 
Forces and other ISAF troops depart in victory; 
--  Jon Stewart and "The Daily Show" stop making fun of 
Canada and Canadian politics. 

2.  (U)  Best wishes for happy holidays and a joyous 2009 -- 
and may your own wishlists have better chances of success! 

Visit Canada,s Economy and Environment Forum at 
http://www.intelink.gov/communities/state/can ada 

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