Ottawa, Ontario – 7 January 2014
Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement on the celebration of Christmas by Orthodox Christians following the Julian calendar:
“Laureen and I would like to extend our warmest wishes to all Orthodox Christians in Canada and around the world celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ according to the Julian calendar.
“Christmas is a special time of year to be with family and friends to celebrate the many blessings that we enjoy in Canada, including the ability to worship and practice our faith in peace and security.
“As we give thanks for our blessings over this holiday period, it is also a time to contemplate how we may help others at home and around the world who are less fortunate.
“Once again, Laureen and I wish you a very Merry Christmas and health, happiness and prosperity in the year ahead.”