On behalf of the Official Opposition and the Conservative Party of Canada, I offer my warmest wishes for a Christmas and for a New Year in 2016 filled with peace, love, and hope for the future. As we gather with family and friends, and the long nights begin to grow shorter, we celebrate the victory of joy over despair, and of light over darkness. This is the message celebrated at this time of year by Christians across Canada and around the world – but it is not unique to Christianity. It is a message understood and celebrated by good people of all faiths and convictions everywhere. Christmas is a time to consider our blessings, and to be more aware than ever that not everyone among us is fortunate enough to share in them. It is a time to look beyond the differences that pull us apart, and to reaffirm the values that unite us as Canadians: compassion, kindness, generosity, and charity. And to act on those values. It is also time to think of the brave men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces whose duty is keeping them from the people they love this holiday season. Few among us know such sacrifice, given so willingly, and with such courage. I invite you to keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers, now and throughout the year. At Christmas we celebrate what’s most important – family, friends, and the spirit of giving without expectation of anything in return but the fulfillment that comes with bringing comfort and joy into the lives of others. And as the New Year approaches we look back on the achievements and the lessons of the past year, reflect on what the year to come may bring, and renew our commitment to working together to make our communities, our country, and our world, even better: More just, more proud, and more free. I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas, a restful holiday, and a happy, healthy, peaceful, and prosperous New Year.