Christian prayer in Sask. Legislature will continue, premier says
Brad Wall also says he won't stop doing his annual Christmas message
Premier Brad Wall is holding firm on daily prayer in the legislature and his annual Christmas message.
On Monday, Wall was responding to questions about a petition delivered to the legislature on the weekend calling for an end to the prayer read as part of daily proceedings during question period in the legislature.
The petition, which was submitted by the Centre for Inquiry Canada, a group promoting secularism in society, also calls on Wall to cease his annual Christmas message — or make any such messages religiously neutral.
In Swift Current on Monday, Wall said the Christian prayer will remain part of legislative proceedings.
"There are a few people that would like to remove the prayer from the start of the legislative proceedings or my Christmas message, but I don't think they're reflective of the majority of the province," Wall said.
"I don't want to see the prayer changed. And I would work against seeing the prayer removed from the legislature. I think it is important and it should continue."
Wall also said his annual Christmas message will remain as long as he's premier.