From: Office of the Deputy Minister / Bureau de la sous-ministre
Sent: December 21, 2010 8:57 AM
To: XGLF-GRP, All Gulf; XNFL-Group, All Newfoundland Region; XPAC All Exchange; XNCR-Grp, NCR_All; XCA-Grp, AllRegionalStaff; XMAR, All-Maritimes
Subject: CHRISTMAS - DECEMBER 25, 2010 | NOËL : LE 25 DÉCEMBRE 2010
(La version française suit)
December 25th is a national holiday in Canada and in many countries around the world. On that day, Christians commemorate the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. Families decorate trees and put ornaments on their front door or yard and in their house. Christians and non-Christians gather around delicious holiday dishes and share gifts and cards.
Since DFO is a learning organization that values the perspectives and contributions of all employees from diverse backgrounds, managers will be able to consider requests for accommodation from employees, in accordance with the departmental Accommodation Policy and Guide.
For more information on Christianity, please consult the National Defence Religions in Canada publication.
I wish all who participate a very Merry Christmas.
But when asked whether the email in question had, in fact, been sent out under the name of her deputy, the minister's office declined to comment, instead directing reporters to the departmental media relations team, and, by doing so, indirectly confirming it.