Nova Scotia Liberal MP Scott Brison’s personalized card (above) shows him and husband Maxime St Pierre with their golden retriever, Simba, in Brison’s rural riding of King-Hants.
It’s the first time the couple have sent out a Christmas card together. The picture came from a photo shoot they were given as a wedding gift.
Although personalized family Christmas cards are commonplace for politicians, a number of angry commentators attacked the card.
The Globe and Mail newspaper website had to shut its comment section due to “hateful” messages, while other websites opted to disable comment features.
Brison said the remarks were made by a “very, very tiny minority of bigots” and said he had received an overwhelmingly positive reaction.
He told the Canadian Press: “It’s a personal card. I’m not the first politician to have a family picture on a Christmas card … I’m looking forward to the day when this is seen as no big deal.”