From the Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau - Prime Minister of Canada:
“Merry Christmas, Canada!
“The holiday season is truly my favourite time of the year. As we come together with loved ones, let us reflect on how fortunate we are to call this beautiful country home.
“Living in Canada comes with a responsibility to be there for each other – and not just during this time of year, but each and every day. After all, Canadians helping others – no matter the distance that separates them – is what this country is all about.
“When tragedy struck Fort McMurray, and thousands of Canadians were forced to leave their homes, thousands more came together to make sure evacuated families had a place to stay, clothes to wear, and food to eat.
“Today, as Canadians continue to welcome Syrian refugees, we open our hearts and homes to those most in need. Together, we demonstrate that better is always possible and that, in difficult times, we are at our very best.
“So, during this season of hope, let us reach out to those who are hurting most. Let us give back in whatever way we can, and make sure this holiday season is a happy time for everyone. There is no holiday tradition more timeless than that.
“I also ask you take a moment to remember the brave women and men of the Canadian Armed Forces – and their families – who make incredible sacrifices to protect our country.
“As we look to the new year, and get ready to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, I know our best days are yet to come.
“From Ella-Grace, Hadrien, Xavier, Sophie and me, to your family: Merry Christmas, happy holidays, and all the best in 2017.”
From the Hon. Christy Clark - Premier of British Columbia:
“This Christmas, in communities throughout British Columbia, homes will be filled with warmth, love, and the spirit of giving.
“For many of us, Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, the only Son of God. For all of us, the holiday season is a chance to spend time with the people we love.
“However you choose to celebrate the season, we can best honour the spirit of Christmas by remembering the less fortunate – our neighbours who struggle to make ends meet, or put a roof over their children’s heads. If you have the time or money to lend a helping hand, you can make a tremendous difference in someone’s life.
“From my family to yours, I wish all British Columbians a Merry Christmas, happy holidays, and a very happy 2017.”
From Steve Forseth - Cariboo Regional District Electoral Area 'D' Director:
It is my hope that today finds my constituents spending quality time with their loved ones. But let us remember those who are less fortunate than ourselves, our seniors who may have no one to visit them and those working in emergency services -- RCMP, Fire, Ambulance, Search/Rescue and those working in ER's (doctors/nurses) -- they are giving their time up with their families to serve us all. For that, I thank you and acknowledge your sacrifice!
2016 was busy for myself and I expect 2017 to be no less
From myself to all my constituents in Electoral Area 'D' - my best wishes for you and your families, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and all my best to you and yours in 2017"