The video, shot with dramatic cinematography and suspenseful music, featured a serious-looking Prime Minister arranging a meeting with Alghabra in a dim parking garage, where he hands off a suspicious-looking briefcase.
Several suspense film tropes were used, such as the "red pill/blue pill" bit from the 1999 sci-fi film "The Matrix." Inside the briefcase, the Minister of Transport revealed, were one red and one blue Christmas ornament. The festive red ball was labeled "accept mission," while the other one was for "deny mission."
Alghabra chose to accept the mission, and smashed the red ornament to reveal a key to get into a locked gate. Behind the gate was a computer with a screen showing options to either "launch" or "abort" the mission. With zero seconds left on the random count-down clock in the corner, Alghabra launches the mission, alerting Santa that he can deliver presents to the nation's children.
"Santa's cleared to travel in Canadian airspace. He's coming! Merry Christmas, happy holidays, and stay safe," Alghabra said to the camera, closing out the video.
Several commenters pointed out that they just wanted the government to do their job instead of making silly videos.
Angelo Isidorou, former Post Millennial writer and Director of the Free Speech Club, wrote "Please sir, we just want to renew our passports."
"Please just do the job. The transport sector in Canada is in shambles, and this is what you are spending time and resources on?! This is an absolute disgrace," said lawyer Eva Chipiuk, who recently cross-examined Trudeau at the Emergencies Act inquiry in Ottawa on behalf of the Freedom Convoy.
"I love this accurate depiction of government: Lots of unnecessary steps taken at ridiculous expense to lock down something that doesn't need it into self-important bureaucracy," wrote another commenter.
The pair also released a version in French.
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