Colbert picks up Canadian Grinch story

Stephen Colbert talks about the incident at the Kingston Santa Claus parade where a man was telling children Santa wasn't real.



KINGSTON, ON -- An incident during the city's Santa Claus Parade on Nov. 17 has found its way to late-night American television.

As first reported by QMI Agency, a 24-year-old local man was arrested during the parade after police received a complaint that someone was telling children along the route that Santa Claus doesn't exist.

The story made national and international headlines.

Stephen Colbert spoke about the incident on his show, The Colbert Report, Tuesday night. Colbert didn't name Kingston specifically but used the opportunity to poke some fun at Canada.

"There is one bit of yuletide news that's making visions of anger plums dance through my head," Colbert said.

MORE: Drunk man arrested for telling kids there's no Santa

"This Canadian Grinch just let the cat out of the bag -- or, as they say in Canada, the beaver out of the beaver pelt satchel.

"There's no point denying it anymore. There's no more Santa Claus ... in Canada."

Colbert added that Santa remains real south of the border, saying: "Sometimes he flies over Canada on his way to America from the North Pole, and occasionally he'll stop at a Tim Hortons so his reindeers can use the bathroom."

Colbert said Santa Claus can save time by skipping Canada.

The man at the centre of the Santa Parade incident, who's name hasn't been released, was held overnight by police and has been charged with causing a disturbance by being drunk and breaching probation. Additionally, he is facing a Liquor Licence Act offence of public intoxication.

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