The City of Saskatoon received a vociferous complaint about the “Merry Christmas!” greeting running across the top reader boards on city busses. According to local media an activist named Ashu Solo declared the signs “inappropriate” and “discriminatory”. The matter has been referred to a city committee on diversity and race relations for study.
â€œIt makes many feel that Christianity is the religion of Canada,â€ Solo told the committee. â€œIt makes people feel like they have to be Christian.â€
A city council debate on the issue featured a reminder from the city mayor that the city of Saskatoon was founded 130 years before based on Christianity, a viewpoint that drew some criticism.
While the issue is under review it appears the idea of including other religious holiday greetings on city buses is one idea being considered.