¿Donde esta el Zamboni?
OTTAWA -- A representative of the Mexican government will travel to Ottawa next week in preparation for the handover of the Yucatan peninsula to the Canadian government within the next six months.
This will be the third face-to-face meeting between these government leaders since last year when Canada was the high bidder on eBay for the Mexican states of Yucatan, Quintana Roo, and portions of Campeche.
It is expected that the first of several new construction projects will be announced at the meeting in Ottawa. The first project will most likely be a 100,000 seat ice arena which will be home to the newly organized Mayans of the National Hockey League.
Details are still being worked out on the name for the new province though rumors are that the field of contenders has been narrowed to "Yucanada" and "Canexico." The other two names that had been floated by the government, "New Mexico" and "New Funland," were rejected earlier this year by Charles Hatton, Minister of Expansion. This following a CDN$4.3 million study commissioned by the Ministry of Information which showed that up to 18 percent of first-time holiday travelers would more likely find themselves in Albuquerque or St. John's than in the new province.
In the resort area of Cancun, local workers have already begun boning up on Spanadian, the new and soon-to-be third official language of Canada. A new English-French-Spanadian phrase book is being distributed to taxi drivers and local hotel and restaurant workers to help them deal with the extraordinary influx of visitors expected this winter.
According to Jean-Claude Garcia, a local tour operator, most of the hospitality workers in the area have mastered what they believe will be the most common phrases: "Buenos dias, eh," "Dos Molson, por favor," and "¿Donde esta el Zamboni?"