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Stephen Harper, Tories Read 'Twas The Night Before Christmas'

12/17/2014 03:43 EST | Updated 12/17/2014 03:59 EST

It's a blue Christmas.

On Wednesday, Conservative MP Paul Calandra posted a YouTube video of Tory caucus members — including Prime Minister Stephen Harper — reading Clement Clarke Moore's classic poem, "Twas the Night Before Christmas."

The video features 31 members of the Tory caucus, including top cabinet ministers Chris Alexander, Leona Aglukkaq, Candice Bergen, Rona Ambrose, Steven Blaney, Michelle Rempel, Shelly Glover, Jason Kenney, Peter MacKay, Ed Fast, Kellie Leitch, Diane Finley, and James Moore.

Since it's the holiday season, we'll make no mention of other times this year when Calandra was considerably less jolly or that time Aglukkaq found herself in hot water for something else she read.

Instead, we'll just state that Tory MP Peter Kent, a former broadcast journalist, can still deliver the goods when the cameras are rolling.

Unfortunately, the comments are closed on the YouTube clip so we don't know what other Canadians think about it.

The clip comes about a week after Tory MP Nina Grewal stood in the House to state, for the sixth year in a row, that political correctness need not dilute the spirit of the season.

"Mr. Speaker, I'm a Sikh and I'm not offended by people celebrating Christmas in a traditional way," she said. "So instead of silly political correctness, all of us should feel proud in our traditions and beliefs, and rejoice in this season of joy, peace and good will. Merry Christmas everyone."

And Calandra's video is quite different from the holiday message delivered last week by Liberal MP Rodger Cuzner who, each year, re-writes the yuletide poem to throw digs at his rivals.

But Cuzner was wise this year to include a reference to Kevin Vickers, the sergeant-at-arms lauded as a hero after the attack on Parliament Hill.

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