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Tony Clement de-Grinches the halls of power
National Post ^ | December 10, 2012 | Kelly McParland

Posted on 12/10/2012 4:27:05 PM PST by Squawk 8888

It doesn’t seem to matter that the “Christmas season” has long since been usurped by “the holiday season,” that there’s about as much religion involved in Christmas as there is at a WalMart Black Friday sale, or that a present or two under a tree has been replaced by eight weeks of intensive mass marketing designed to fill consumers with guilt if they fail to supply appropriate gifts to anyone who might feel they have a call on one.

No, something about Christmas still rankles with people who seem to need something to object to as the date approaches. And for too long, figures of authority have conceded ground rather than risk a confrontation or messy public dispute. If one parent insists little Billy or Suzy shouldn’t have to endure being exposed to a Christmas pageant, the whole school does without a Christmas pageant. If some supervisor decides a jar of candy canes might be too threatening to healthy office relations, out they go. It has become customary to assume that it’s better an entire community be denied harmless pleasures rather than risk offending a single individual.

Or, perhaps, not entirely. In an encouraging sign, Treasury Board President Tony Clement has issued a directive to federal public employees indicating that the display of Christmas ornamentation is entirely acceptable and not subject to punishment. “Our Government will not allow the Christmas spirit to be grinched,” said Clement in a press release issued on Sunday. “Christmas and Hanukkah are special times of the year that Canadians look forward to. The lights and decorations lift the spirit and instill the season with a sense of wonder and celebration.”

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1 posted on 12/10/2012 4:27:10 PM PST by Squawk 8888
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Canada Ping!


2 posted on 12/10/2012 4:30:48 PM PST by Squawk 8888 (True North- Strong Leader, Strong Dollar, Strong and Free!)
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To: Squawk 8888

Thanks for keeping up with the Canada pings Squawk 8888

And a hearty Bravo Zulu to Tony Clement

Regards

alfa6 ;>}


3 posted on 12/10/2012 7:12:47 PM PST by alfa6
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To: Squawk 8888

Parliament Hill looks beautiful.

Thanks for the ping.


4 posted on 12/11/2012 4:19:26 PM PST by fanfan ("If Muslim kids were asked to go to church on Sunday and take Holy Communion there would be war.")
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To: Squawk 8888
Tony Clement de-Grinches the halls of power

I guess Canadian is a whole 'nother language.

My first thought was who is this "Tony Clement de Grinches"? Some German Brazillian?

5 posted on 12/11/2012 4:26:14 PM PST by x
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