Full text of Harper’s Christmas message:
This Christmas, we Canadians have many reasons to celebrate.
We live in a beautiful country, 1 a compassionate country,2 a prosperous country.3
Despite the difficulties elsewhere in the world, Canada’s economy is getting ever stronger, and more Canadians have more opportunities 4 and better jobs than ever before. 5
Importantly, around the world our country is also known for doing what is good and right, 6 and for protecting the vulnerable, promoting peace, and defending the freedom of all people. 7
Amid all the festivities, please say a prayer of thanks for the brave men and women in uniform, who serve this Christmas in harm’s way, especially those fighting the terrorists of the so-called Islamic State. 8
In our abundance, and in the spirit of Christmas, I’d also ask you to show kindness to the less fortunate. 9
And as you gather with friends and family, may you be filled with love, joy, peace and most of all, hope for the future. 10
On behalf of the Government of Canada and from my family to yours, Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah and Season’s Greetings.
Just a few things, Steve:
1. We do indeed live in a beautiful country. I would ask you to restore the Parks Canada budget to keep it that way.
2. I'd like to see a little more compassion extended to Syrian refugees. Your government has been talking big but doing next to nothing to solve the Syrian refugee crisis.
3. Not nearly as prosperous as we used to be.
4. More Canadians than ever before are doing shit jobs or working two or more shit jobs in a desperate attempt to keep things together.
5. Canada is awash in recent university grads who do not have a hope in hell of a career in their chosen field.
6. Like forcing the democratically elected prime minister of Haiti out of office. Twice.
7. How are the people of Libya enjoying the "freedom" we and our NATO pals gifted them?
8. The "so-called Islamic State" grows stronger with every Paveway 500 pounder the CAF drops on them, Steve. You're not solving problems with this mission in Iraq; you're creating new problems.
9. I will, Steve. Thanks to your policies there are more "less fortunate" in Canada today than ever before.
10. Thank you! Our best hope for the future rests in getting rid of your government. But thanks for the kind thoughts, and I hope you have a Merry Christmas and Happy Chanuka too!
Season's Greetings to all!