Canada Grapples with Christmas/Holiday Tree Dilemma

There’s some controversy over what to call that big lighted pine tree on the National Assembly’s lawn.

On Tuesday, premier Jean Charest’s office sent out a news release announcing the premier of all Quebecers was going to ‘light the Christmas tree’ the next day.

But 10 minutes later, that bulletin was followed up with ‘a slight modification.’

It said Charest would ‘light the holiday tree’ on Wednesday…without the word Christmas.

But during the day Wednesday, a spokesman for the premier said unequivocally that it’s a Christmas tree.

The debate over Christmas symbols, which has been raging in other parts of North America for years appears to have split the Liberal caucus, between those who see no problem with the word Christmas, and those who want to recognize that not everyone in this society celebrates Christmas.

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