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Response to my holiday message

Posted 1/3/2012 by Grant Mitchell

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I have received a number of responses to my holiday greeting (it was strictly sent out digitally - I avoid paper whenever possible in the interest of cost and the environment) lamenting the fact that it did not mention Christmas. It only wished people a happy holiday. I get the point that these respondents were making. It is a common complaint and I understand the concern. Here is my response, in turn:

I send that message to many people who celebrate this time of the year in many different ways for many different reasons. It is not just a Christmas season, if you are Jewish or Muslim or of whatever other number of faiths and all these different peoples are represented by the Senate. One of the great things about Canada is that we respect others' backgrounds, cultures, religions and languages and are considerate of one another. Those are values that are reflected, I hope, in my greeting, and are admired by people all over the world.

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