Wish lists a tall order this year

Everyone has a Christmas list. Some are short and only have a single wish. Others are as large as the imagination can be.
Some are thoughtful while others can be quite demanding.
I have made up a list of what I think various people and communities have wished for this Christmas.
I imagine that all five national political leaders have the same wish, though some hope they are closer to realizing the dream than others. It is to be prime minister of Canada.
Jack Layton might be wishing to be the leader of the Official Opposition.
Their second wish is that they wish for a majority government. And for Stephen Harper and Paul Martin, their third wish (should the second wish not come true) is to find the wisdom, patience, and understanding to forge an alliance with the Bloc or the NDP.
For Gilles Duceppe and Jack Layton, their second wish is for a minority government, with the third item on their Christmas list that of being wise enough to negotiate a power-sharing agreement with one of the other two parties to be the governing coalition.
In Ontario, Premier Dalton McGuinty would like to have the lights not go out in the province again on his watch. He also wants the ability to move Ontario from a coal-fired electrical producer to a nuclear power producer.
That way, he can keep his promise to rid Ontario of power produced by coal and not have to break his word to Ontarians again.
In Atikokan, the people of the community are asking Dalton to break his promise and keep the clean coal-burning plant alive and producing power in the northwest.
Those communities in Northwestern Ontario that have experienced paper mill closures, or partial closures, also would like the ability to buy direct power from the Atikokan generating station—cutting their costs and maintaining jobs.
In Fort Frances, council’s list is asking Santa, in the spirit of Christmas, to bring peace and harmony to council—and that the peace last right through to the next election.
Local residents again are asking for health and wellness, with a little more anxiety in their writing. That request follows on the list for new doctors to begin practice in Fort Frances and reduce their waiting time.
Every community is asking for the help to look after seniors in their midst who no longer have the ability to look after themselves. Their wish is that they can provide that service with dignity and comfort to the maximum level that seniors deserve—at a cost communities can afford.
Every community, on their lists, is asking for new people to come and live in Rainy River District.
On every community leader’s list is a line that says, “Please help us find jobs for the youth of our community” so that they can remain in our community.
The lists are a tall order—even for Santa.

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