Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, issued on December 31, 2016 a statement greeting Canadians on the occasion of the New Year. Trudeau presented the achievements of his government during the last year that “put more money in the pockets of the middle-class” and vowed to keep standing against the “politics of fear and division” emphasizing “that is my New Year’s resolution to you.” He avoided mentioning the carbon pricing and its possible effects on the middle class.
Here is Trudeau’s written statement:
“Happy New Year, everyone.
“Tonight is 150 years in the making, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ring in the New Year together. From coast to coast to coast, spectacular events are planned to usher in Canada’s 150th birthday.
“Before we leave 2016 behind, I want to thank you. Over the last year, we have accomplished a great deal together to strengthen the middle class and those working hard to join it.
“We cut taxes on middle-class Canadians, and put more money in the pockets of nine out of ten families through a new, more generous Canada Child Benefit; we also signed one of the most progressive free trade deals in history that will benefit Canadians across the country.
“As we mark Canada 150 over the next year, we will honour the generations of Canadians who have come together to create opportunities for one another. We will celebrate the courage and vision of those who came before us, and the hard work and ambition of Canadians – like you – who have made Canada the success story that it is today.
“For my part as Prime Minister, I will always stand against the politics of fear and division, and focus on what brings us together – that is my New Year’s resolution to you.
“In 2017, and beyond, our government will take further steps to help the middle class and those working hard to join it. And, together, I know we will continue to build the diverse and prosperous country that we are all so proud to call home.
“Canada, let’s make this year our year.
“On behalf of our family, Sophie and I wish you a wonderful night and all the best in 2017.”
The following is the transcript of Trudeau’s videotaped greeting:
“Tonight has been 150 years in the making and represents a once in a lifetime opportunity to ring in the New Year together from coast to coast to coast.
“We’ve got a lot to celebrate this year. Most of all our 150th birthday. But before we leave 2016 behind, I want to thank you. Over the last year we’ve accomplished a great deal of things together.
“We put more money in the pockets of middle class families and reached a historic agreement, so more hardworking Canadians can retire in dignity.
“We reestablished Canada as a leader in the fight against climate change and put a plan in place to protect our clean air and oceans for generations to come.
“We declared trans rights as human rights and passed legislation to fully protect gender identity. And we signed one of the most progressive free dray deals in history to benefit the middle class and all the rules working hard to join it.
“For the first time in Canada’s history, a judge from Newfoundland and Labrador who is also bilingual sits on our highest court and will soon have an extraordinary Canadian woman on our ten dollar bill. All this progress is because of you. So thank you.
“We’ve all got much more to do. When we celebrate Canada 150 we celebrate generations of Canadians who sought common ground, so we could share a common, more hopeful future.
“For 150 years, Canada has been a success story, but that will only continue with a lot of hard work. As prime minister, I will always stand against the politics of fear and division and focus on what brings us together.
“That is my New Year’s Resolution to you. But government can’t solve every challenge. I need Canadians to do more and I know you’ll step up. Together, I know we’ll continue to build that diverse and prosperous nation that we’re all so proud to call home. Canada, let’s make this year our year. Have a wonderful night and I’ll see you in 2017.”