VIDEO: MPP Grinch’s Block Christmas Tree Day: Wilson
(December 4, 2014) Today, Ontario PC Interim Leader Jim Wilson once again called on all MPPs to support the Christmas Tree Day Act, 2014 – legislation recently reintroduced by him.
MPP Wilson was joined by Shirley Brennan, Executive Director of Christmas Tree Farmers of Ontario and Fred Somerville, President of the Christmas Tree Farmers.
Wilson asked for unanimous consent of the Legislature to streamline passage of his Bill. However, it was blocked. "Some MPPs' rejected my request, Wilson said. "They behaved like a bunch of Grinch's. They all deserve lumps of coal in their stockings."
If passed, the Bill would have designated the first Saturday in December of each year as Christmas Tree Day in Ontario.
The US has deemed the entire first week of December as National Christmas Tree Week.
"This effort has boosted Christmas tree sales considerably across the United States. Even Congress was able to come together to pass such an important initiative.
"It's regrettable the Ontario Legislature could not do the same," Wilson added.
More than one million, fresh farm-grown Christmas trees are purchased each year in Ontario, and the same number of seedlings are planted each year. There are 647 Christmas tree farms in Ontario – more than any other province in Canada.
The Simcoe-Grey MPP went on to say his proposed legislation would have given the Christmas tree industry an opportunity to encourage more consumers to buy Christmas trees.
Wilson further spoke of the environmental benefits of Christmas trees, saying "One acre of trees removes up to 13 tonnes of airborne pollutants.
"Despite refusing to support this important rural industry, I would like to officially declare Saturday December 6th as Christmas Tree Day. I encourage all Ontarians to go out and purchase a real tree for the holiday season," Wilson concluded.