WAR ON CHRISTMAS: Bus driver forbidden from wearing Christmas sweaters
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.
It’s been over three years since the 2016 referendum and Parliament has now voted to deliver the Brexit bill for the UK to exit the European Union. Brexiteers were happy to finally see Boris Johnson’s bill coming to fruition.
The Withdrawal Agreement Bill was voted on by MPs who voted 330 to 231 in favour of proceeding with Brexit. Jan. 31, 2020 is the current date in which the UK is set to leave the EU.
Before the vote, Stephen Barclay, a Brexit Secretary noted, “This bill was secure our departure from the European Union with a deal that gives certainty to businesses.”
“It protects the rights of our citizens and ensures that we regain control of our money, our borders, our laws and our trade policy.”
“Once this bill has been passed, and the withdrawal agreement ratified, we will proceed swiftly to the completion of a free trade deal with the EU by the end of December 2020,” said Barclay.
“As laid out in our manifesto, bringing the supremacy of EU law to an end and restoring permanently the sovereignty of this place.”
Next week the bill will be further reviewed by the House of Lords. It can go to vote of the MPs again if altered.
In a speech, Scottish National Party MP Ian Blackford said, “We will not accept being taken out of the European Union.”
“I say to the Prime Minister: respect democracy and respect the election result.”
“Respect the right of the people of Scotland to choose our future. We will have our referendum.”
In the third reading, the bill cleared fairly easily in the House of Commons. It passed the other stages in a short period of time as well.
After the latest vote, the plan is to transition over an 11-month period starting on Jan. 31. The UK will still have to add to the EU budget and abide by its rules over the transition period though they will not be considered a member of the union.
Both the EU and UK will be negotiating and making deals during the transition period.
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!”
On Sunday Bratina tweeted a holiday-neutral, first-day-of-the-month greeting to people in his riding, “Wishing everyone in Hamilton East – Stoney Creek a great month of December!”
By the end of Monday, the tweet had 307 mostly negative, mocking comments compared to three retweets and 18 likes, a phenomenon called being ratioed (when a post gets overwhelmingly negative comments, meanwhile receiving far less positive engagement and shares).
Some Canadians on Twitter had fun lampooning Bratina’s politically correct festive cheer.
Others just wished Bob a “Merry Christmas!”
Interestingly, Bob has previously happily wished others a Happy Christmas in 2018.
Bratina also does actually send generic wishes of having a good month every month of the year, so those fired up may have jumped the shark.
The response online is not a surprise, though, as December tends to bring out the so-called War on Christmas, where politically correct politicians and other members of the chattering class become Grinches, attempting to excise Christmas from greetings and celebratory events in attempts to be “more inclusive.”
Last Friday a guest host on CTV’s talk show The Social suggested Canadians towns should change the name of Christmas or Santa Clause parades with “Winter” parades. A couple of 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.