REGINA -- Saskatoon city councillors voted Monday to keep flashing "Merry Christmas" on transit buses after receiving a complaint from a city man who said he was offended by the holiday message.But the guy whose feelings have been hurt is threatening to file a complaint - guess where? - Of course, to the "human rights" commission, the quasi-judiciary body that adjudicates based on one's hurt feelings and gives no regard to common sense. The PC Grinch may soon be back with some HRC goons by his side. Meanwhile, however, it's still a merry Christmas season in Saskatoon - and not just there:
"It's regular operations - Merry Christmas will stay on the buses - I don't think you will see that change in any years to come," Coun. Darren Hill said. "But, we have also asked for our cultural diversity and race relations committee to review it and see if there is the need for a policy or some change in operations."
Hill said he has received hundreds of calls and e-mails on the issue and all but one person supported Christmas messages.
OTTAWA - Tony Clement is wielding a bureaucratic sword to defend federal civil servants from any "Grinch" trying to take away Christmas or Hanukkah decorations from their workspaces.Way to go Tony Clement! At last, we have a government that stands for Canada's culture, traditions and heritage.
"We had a state of confusion a year or two ago where there was some question as to whether Christmas decorations were allowed in a building that was a federal government building," the Treasury Board president said. "So, we want to make sure that people realize there's no prohibition for that when it comes to public service employees."
Clement said that means even decorations like a Nativity scene celebrating the birth of Jesus are welcome.