Prime Minister Paul Martin warned the three opposition leaders today that they could offend religious and ethnic groups by forcing an election over the holiday season.
Martin told reporters en route to this port city for an Asian Pacific summit that the timetable he set for an election in March or April would allow Christians and Canadians of other religious faiths to celebrate their religious holidays without interruption from politicians knocking on their doors.
"When you are talking about the holiday season, there are also other religions that have different New Year's at different dates and their holidays at a different date and I think we have to be respectful of that -- the orthodox churches, for example," he said.
"It's up to the opposition. I don't want a Christmas election."
Remember this moment, folks. This is the first, and possibly last, time that you will ever hear a Liberal politician publicly express concern that the party's actions might cause offence to Christian believers.
But perhaps the Liberals too may hope for a Christmas miracle of their own, as they anxiously scan the night sky for a star in the east to lead them to their party's saviour.
Though they will not find him, the wise guys will still come bearing gifts of gold picked from our very own pockets, frankincense to cover the stench of their corruption, and myrrh to embalm the corpse of their government.
But we'll still get treated like we were all born in a barn.