Liberal MP gets Twitter lashed for wishing people ‘great month of December!’ instead of ‘Merry Christmas!’
Editor’s Note: This article has been edited to include Bob Bratina’s tweets from 2018 and previous months.
Liberal Member of Parliament (Ontario, Hamilton East—Stoney Creek) Bob Bratina received a lot more comments than likes and retweets for his Twitter post wishing his constituents a “great month of December!” instead of a “Merry Christmas!”
The boss of Pete’s Airlink banned his employees from wearing the festive wear since the company buses children to schools and some of the special needs children could get bothered by the change in their daily setting.
“We have to be careful. We don’t want to spoil drivers’ fun but we have rules and regulations that we have to follow,” said Pete’s Airlink director Peter Bryden to the Daily Mail.
Ex-Pete’s Airlink driver Mike Osborn said to the Daily Mail he was wearing Christmas sweaters when he was told by Bryden to stop wearing them to work.
“I can see his point to a degree, they need stability, they like to see a familiar driver. But really I think the kids actually like Christmas… Surely they receive presents and they must all be fans of Father Christmas so let’s all join in the festive spirit and wear Christmas jumpers,” said Osborn.
“It’s really absurd. I love Peter, he is a great boss but I can’t believe what he is saying. The Christmas jumper ban is so stupid and daft,” Osborn also said. “It’s like something Scrooge would do.”
In this case there may be good reason to ban the colourful Christmas sweaters in order to not upset special needs children, but other cases of Grinch-like attacks on the holiday have faced intense backlash.
Osborn, who gave his notice with Pete’s Airlink for unrelated reasons, said drivers at other companies are still allowed to get in the spirit of Christmas.
“Stagecoach has a Santa’s grotto on four wheels with elves, it’s fantastic. It’s complete with music and elves as well–I hope the elves don’t scare the passengers.”
In pictures taken by a local news outlet, Osborn can be seen in a red sweater with a giant Christmas pudding on the front.
Last week, a guest host on CTV’s The Social’s suggested Santa Clause parades should be changed to “Winter” parades. A couple weeks ago a US town erased Christmas from its festivities, changing the “Annual Tree Lighting” to “Frost Fest”.
WATCH: CTV The Social's Meredith Shaw suggests Christmas parade should be replaced by 'Winter parade'
Another week and another co-host of CTV’s talk show The Social is upsetting everyday Canadians for being excessively politically correct.
On Friday, The Social’s guest co-host Meredith Shaw was discussing a story about a mayor in a U.S. town changing the Christmas parade to the “Winter parade”, when she argued people who don’t celebrate Christmas shouldn’t have to live somewhere that has a Christmas parade.
“Personally, I mean I celebrate Christmas, but I don’t think my celebration of Christmas should hurt your feelings or hurt your ability to express yourself. And I think when I first heard this story I kind of thought–eye roll, of course, Christmas is fine–but then I thought about my life, and I’m like, ‘Well, I’m inclusive when it comes to who you want to love, and you know, fashion, and body positivity. If you want to celebrate a different thing I shouldn’t necessarily have to call it Christmas, nor should you have to be in a town where we do a Christmas parade.'”
The clip of Shaw giving her opinion on the controversy was shared online and received swift backlash from people on social media.
The Social caused major controversy on social media a couple weeks ago when another guest co-host, Jessica Allen, suggested children in hockey are “white boys” and “bullies”, which spurred the Twitter trend #FireJessAllen.
During the latest segment, the idea of changing the name of the Christmas parade to “Winter parade” was shot down by the other The Social co-hosts Melissa Grelo, Cynthia Loyst and Marci Ien. Shaw may have just been playing Devil’s advocate, but regardless it triggered many online.
The changing of the Santa Clause parade to “Winter parade” is just the latest example of the so-called “war on Christmas”. Another U.S. town removed Christmas and religious overtones because of citizens’ complaints. In that case the “Annual Tree Lighting” was removed and replaced by “Frost Fest”.
Oddly, this isn’t the only parade controversy in Canada right now, with former-Liberal-MP-turned-Scheer-deputy-leader Leona Alleslev apologizing Saturday for asking “Have we asked anybody if they’ve marched in a Saint Patrick’s Day parade?” in response to Scheer refusing to attend Pride Parades.