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Published on Dec 12, 2012
Mister Speaker, religious and ethnic communities from around the world come to Canada to find freedom, peace and a better way of life. Canada has a long tradition of pluralism, tolerance, and respect for the traditions of others.
It is truly wonderful that all faiths can celebrate openly here in Canada. But, Mister Speaker, political correctness is diluting Christmas in a well intentioned, but unnecessary attempt to be inclusive. How can we as a society join together to celebrate Diwali, Chinese New Year, Hanukkah, or Vaisakhi but at the same time rob Christians of the true meaning of Christmas?
Mister Speaker, as a Sikh I'm not offended when Christians celebrate Christmas in a traditional way. Rather, I'm pleased to celebrate with my Christian friends. True diversity means respecting the traditions of all Canadians, including those of the Christian majority. So please join me, in wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas.