Surrey MP Nina Grewal has made her annual statement in the House of Commons to call political correctness a Grinch.
Every year, Grewal makes the same statement during Question Period, “decrying the forces of political correctness for their attack against Christmas and Canadian traditions.”
And as a Sikh, she takes the opportunity to wish everyone a “Merry Christmas” — not just “Happy Holidays.”
“It’s a shame that many feel the need to abandon their traditions to appease the sensibilities of non-Christians,” Grewal said in her statement.
“Being respectful of the beliefs of others should not require anyone to water down their own beliefs.”
Grewal said the annual message is part of her “continuing effort to promote the celebration of our country’s diversity, including its Christian traditions.”
“The common excuse for banning many Christian traditions is that it will offend people who hold other religious beliefs, but I do not believe that this is the case,” Grewal said.
“From my perspective, as one of those ethnic minorities who some are trying to ‘protect’ from Christmas, this is simply unnecessary.
“I’m a Sikh and I’m not offended by people celebrating Christmas in a traditional way,” Grewal told the House of Commons.
“So instead of silly political correctness, all of us should feel proud in our traditions and beliefs, and rejoice in this season of joy, peace and good will.
“Merry Christmas, everyone.”