Postscript: Christmas gifts for the political class
By Barry Wilson, CTV Montreal Executive Producer
Published Friday, December 21, 2012 12:21PM EST
Last Updated Friday, December 21, 2012 12:57PM EST
It is for most of us a magical time of year. It's the season for giving and sharing and reflection.
With the spirit of the season in mind, I thought I would share a few Christmas wishes for some of the usual suspects.
For Pauline Marois, a perfect Christmas present would be a well-deserved change of career.
Now, I think it’s great that we have a female premier, but it pretty much ends there.
Her government has been a train wreck and I can see nothing to indicate that 2013 will be much better.
The Grinch himself would feel right at home in the PQ with its narrow-minded politics of exclusion and heart two sizes too small. Surely, the good citizens of Whoville deserve much better.
For the Quebec Liberals, I wish much wisdom in picking a new leader.
There are three fine candidates in the running.
The three wise men? I’m not so sure but each one of them is proud to call himself a Canadian and each one is willing to recognize that English-speaking Quebecers are a source of richness, not an irritation.
The Liberals will indeed have their work cut out for them, as the Charbonneau Commission spills forth its bounty.
I also wish Francois Legault and his CAQ to keep both hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. His band of Caquistes has done a good job in opposition so far and their prospects may be brighter than some think.
For our Mayor Michael Applebaum, I wish him the best of luck in rebuilding the shattered image of our great city.
The planets were aligned in 2012 for a brief moment in time to allow for the selection of an Anglophone Jewish mayor. Who would have thought?
Sometimes Montreal City Hall feels like inmates running the prison. But he will have almost 11 months in 2013 to put our city back on the right track.
It will, I fear, be a long a painful process.
Politically incorrect wishes
But most of all, for you, a warm and loving Christmas.
Even if you do not celebrate the miracle in Bethlehem, the spirit of Christmas is universal.
The “Happy Holidays” or “Seasons Greetings” people get under my skin.
Too many of the politically correct crowd think that “Merry Christmas” might offend.
I say, get a life. It can mean many things to many people but I don’t think peace on earth and good will to all men is something up for debate
At this time of year and all year round, it is our responsibility to help those who have fallen through the cracks.
Too often, too many people around us can slip into poverty or despair. Too often, mental health issues are ignored or not recognized.
In the Christmas spirit, we should help to the best of our ability and circumstance.
If Christmas isn’t found in your heart you won’t find it under the tree.
And to paraphrase Charles Dickens, honour Christmas in your heart and try to keep it all the year.
And that more than anything is my wish.
Merry Christmas from my home to yours. Joyeux Noel.