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 holiday season is tough for so many of us. Let's remember our shared values – charity, generosity and kindness – and do our level best to keep ourselves and others healthy and safe.#MerryChristmas! pic.twitter.com/kK7tbWBf99
— John Horgan (@jjhorgan) December 24, 2020
“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.
“But until then, we must remember the values of the Christmas season — charity, generosity, and kindness,” he adds.
Merry Christmas! I know things are different this year, and there aren’t any dinners to host or parties to go to, but we can – and should – still give thanks for everything that unites us. My family and I are wishing you and your loved ones the very best. https://t.co/wjbRQw5Gba pic.twitter.com/ukif9IZkLT
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) December 24, 2020
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.”
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.