Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued the following statement on the Christmas season:
"It is a time to be with those nearest and dearest.
"It is a time of renewal.
"It is a time when Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, and an occasion
for Canadians of all backgrounds to come together in appreciation of our most fortunate country.
"Despite the global economic uncertainty all around us, Canada remains an island of stability and the bright hope for people the world over.
"In the year ahead, we will continue to focus on growth, jobs and prosperity for all Canadians.
"But for now, let us be mindful of those who are less fortunate, be grateful for the service of our men and women in uniform, and let us give thanks for Canada, the best country in the world.
"From Rachel, Ben, Laureen and myself to your family, Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Seasons Greetings, and best wishes for health and happiness in the New Year."