The Vancouver Sun
Get used to it. Christmas is coming to a store near you, if it hasn’t already arrived. And right behind will be the annual argument over whether it’s insensitive or insulting to say “Merry Christmas” to the growing number of Canadians who don’t celebrate the religious holiday of Christmas.
But millions of Canadians now follow other religions or profess no religious affiliation. In 2001, the last time the question was put on a census form, there were 135,000 Sikhs in B.C, 56,000 Muslims, 85,000 Buddhists, 31,000 Hindus and 21,000 Jews along with thousands of who follow other faiths.