Postscript: Khadir's fanaticism, Concordia's revolving door policy and bringing back the word Christmas
By Barry Wilson, CTV Montreal Executive Producer
Published Friday, December 24, 2010 12:11PM EST
Amir Khadir should apologize but he won't.
The lone left wing Quebec Solidaire MNA has been urging a boycott of a Montreal store, Le Marcheur, because it sells shoes made in Israel.
A shoe store in his own riding.
This poor excuse for a public servant may not like Israel. That's his opinion, but this is economic terrorism.
Canada has a free trade agreement with Israel. We buy and sell freely with the Israelis and enjoy their technology. We are friends. Good friends.
Mr. Khadir should think a little more carefully about choosing his enemies.
What about Iran, Mr. Khadir? Or China? Or dozens of other regimes in this world that do not afford basic human rights or practice Sharia law or abuse women? Surely you could find a more suitable target than the only democracy in the Middle East?
Congratulations to store owner Yves Archambault for standing up to Khadir. I, like many others, will become a customer.
As for Mr Khadir, he should just put on his shoes wherever they were made and keep walking right off the political stage.
We deserve better.
A nice pay day
Numbers don't lie.
Concordia University is losing another president, and Judith Woodsworth will reportedly receive over $700,000 to leave. All we are being told is that it is for personal reasons.
Two years ago, president Claude Lajeunesse left halfway through his mandate with $1 million. We need answers from this public institution.
And Larry Smith, our new senator, needs a reality check for Christmas and perhaps a calculator.
He bemoans the fact he is taking a "dramatic, catastrophic pay cut" to serve the public in the Senate.
The base salary for a senator is $132,000, a problem 99 per cent of voters would love to have.
Smith dropped the ball already. And this just may stick with him
Is having a Merry Christmas so wrong?
Finally, I would like to wish you all a heartfelt Merry Christmas from my home to your home.
And I mean Merry Christmas. Not Happy Holidays.
Every year it seems the word "Christmas" fades a little more from the public view.
Every year stores seem to be more afraid of uttering it.
I'm tired of cashiers or sales people wishing my holidays to be happy. "Happy holidays" means nothing. It's as shallow as the consumerism that is ruining this time of year.
It's gotten to the point where people have forgotten what it's supposed to be about and I am sometimes convinced they think it means celebrating Santa's birthday.
This is Christmas. Whether you believe in the story of Christmas or not, that's your personal choice.
But whether you are Christian, Jewish or Muslim, or whatever, you can celebrate the Christmas messages of joy, brotherhood and of hope for a better world. They are universal.
So yes, Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.
See you in the New Year.