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Holiday wishes with hope from Premier Horgan, PM Trudeau

Last Updated Dec 24, 2020 at 11:38 am PDT

(Courtesy @jjhorgan/Twitter)

Premier John Horgan and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are out with their holiday messages

While Horgan and Trudeau understand it hasn't been an easy year, they remind everyone to stay safe over the holidays

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — It hasn’t been an easy year, and while the holidays aren’t what Canadians had hoped for, there are messages of hope heading into the new year.

In his holiday video, Premier John Horgan is reminding British Columbians to do their best to stay healthy and safe.

“This isn’t easy. I get that,” Horgan says. “The most important thing right now is to do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19. This is not forever.”

Heading into the new year with two vaccines approved and hundreds of thousands of doses coming to Canada, Horgan says there will be a time that people can gather like before.

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“But until then, we must remember the values of the Christmas season — charity, generosity, and kindness,” he adds.

The prime minister offered a similar message in his holiday address.

“This isn’t the holiday season we wanted, I know,” Justin Trudeau says. “But here’s the thing; even though this year’s Christmas traditions will be different, we can and should give thanks for everything that unites us.”

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Throughout the year, Trudeau says it’s been inspiring to see just how well Canadians have met the challenges of a difficult year.

Health officials across the country have urged everyone to keep their bubbles small this year, connect virtually, and stay local to break the chains of COVID-19 transmission.