What a truly special time of year it is.
There is finally snow on the ground, saving us from the brown days that punctuate fall and causing the hearts of skiers, snowmobilers and all outdoor winter sports enthusiasts to beat just a little quicker.
We’re also just past the introspective days of remembrance, which of course means it’s time to put up Christmas decorations.
Too soon you say. Well you’re probably right. But that won’t stop malls, hotels and sundry other businesses from decking the halls with garlands, bows and faux presents.
We have to hand it to the politicians in Ottawa. Ever-quick to respond to the needs of the public, some of them have already been thinking about the upcoming Christmas season and how they can make it special for Canadians.
While many Canadians feel that the true spirit of Christmas has been lost in political correctness and multiculturalism, it’s refreshing to see some of our elected officials going back to a theme right out of the Bible.
Stephen Harper, Jack Layton and Gilles Duceppe are to be commended for their take on the Three Wise Men. While meeting in Ottawa over the weekend and agreeing to band together to follow their very own ‘star’, they decided to take the rest of the country along for the ride.
These are the guys otherwise known as the best reasons why the Liberals managed to hold power in the last election.
Canadians have long thought these men, all on their own, to be scary. Now that they’ve banded together for a common cause, some will no doubt be terrified by the prospect. The flaw in their plan is in it’s transparency. Their quest isn’t about ethics or even the Canadian people. It’s about power.
One of these guys plans to be the next prime minister. It can’t be Mr. Duceppe, and it won’t be Mr. Layton. That leaves Mr. Harper. Is that option any more palatable than it was 18 months ago? Do Canadians really want a Conservative Harper government that owes its very existence to the Bloc and the NDP?
It’s a possibility not unlike finding coal in your stocking on Christmas morning.