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The opinion of the Rights Commission on Christmas ;stated in Ottawa

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In a discussion paper, the Human Rights Commission considers that “the holidays linked to Christianity, including Christmas and Easter” are examples of “systemic religious discrimination.”

The Canadian Press

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The day after the adoption of a motion to defend Christmas by the National Assembly, the House of Commons is following Quebec's lead by adopting a similar motion.

The motion, tabled by the Bloc Québécois, was unanimously adopted by the elected representatives of Parliament on Thursday.

In a press release, the Bloc explains that the purpose of the motion is to recall the importance of the traditional Christmas celebration for Quebecers, and to condemn the position of the Canadian Human Rights Commission which judges that public holidays Christmas and Easter are discriminatory against religious minorities.

The motion stipulates that the House denounces the comments of the Canadian Human Rights Commission of the person that holidays linked to Christianity, including Christmas and Easter, represent a clear example of systemic religious discrimination.

In its “Reflection Paper on Religious Intolerance (New window)”, the Commission adds that discrimination against religious minorities in Canada is rooted in the history of colonialism in Canada. This history manifests itself today in systemic religious discrimination. An obvious example is statutory holidays in Canada.

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“Christmas is not racist,” replied Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to a question from the Bloc leader on this subject.

The motion also indicates that the Chamber denounces any attempt at polarization with regard to unifying events which have been part of Quebec and Canadian heritage for several generations. She invites all Canadians to come together this Christmas season.

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The parliamentary leader of the Bloc, Alain Therrien, who tabled the motion, said he was delighted that elected officials from all parties agreed to recall that Christmas is not discriminatory. /p>

Everyone agrees on the importance of this traditional festival which is a unique opportunity for gatherings and reunions for Quebecers of all generations.

A quote from Alain Therrien, parliamentary leader of the Bloc Québécois

Wednesday, the Christmas subject around discrimination snowballed during the Christmas period questions in the House. The leader of the Bloc Québécois, Yves-François Blanchet, said that according to the Canadian Human Rights Commission, the simple celebration of Christmas, the tree, the family, the music, the gifts was systemic racism.

He asked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau if he thought Christmas was racist.

Mr. Trudeau responded: Obviously, Christmas is not racist. He added that Canada is a country that celebrates personal beliefs and shares the different celebrations of our neighbors and that this makes Canada a rich and diverse country.

Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre added to the Christmas theme by criticizing Mr. Trudeau and his carbon tax. Will he stop preying on Canadians so they can enjoy nice gifts and maybe even a turkey and a hot meal for Christmas this year?

Mr. Trudeau's replies to the Conservative leader also defended Christmas, affirming in particular that the Conservative Party's climate skepticism is compromising future Christmases whites.

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