PRIME Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday issued the following statement on Easter:
“Today, Christians in Canada and around the world will celebrate Easter and commemorate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
“Easter is a time to reflect on the values of sacrifice, hope, and forgiveness at the heart of Christ’s message. Traditionally, Christians will attend church, spend time with family, and organize Easter egg hunts for children. As the holiest day of the Christian calendar, Easter is also an opportunity to recognize the strength of one’s faith in helping overcome life’s obstacles.
“Easter is about joy. These past two years have been challenging for us all, but as we recover from the pandemic, I invite all Canadians to celebrate what we have accomplished together and look forward with a renewed sense of hope.
“Across the country, countless Canadians of Christian faith continue to demonstrate compassion, kindness, and resilience. They unite communities by volunteering to assist the elderly and vulnerable, and donating to important causes. Day after day, so many strive to demonstrate what it means to love our neighbours as ourselves.
“As we celebrate with our family, Sophie and I wish all those celebrating a joyful and blessed Easter.”
B.C. Premier John Horgan issued the following statement:
“This weekend, Easter is being celebrated by Christians in British Columbia and around the world.
“Easter commemorates the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ, while reminding us of the enduring values of self-sacrifice and love for one another.
“As a sacred and holy time for people of the Christian faith, Easter weekend also brings the first signs of spring. After a difficult year, we can all enjoy the feelings of hope and renewal that come with the changing of the seasons.
“For many people, this year’s Easter dinner will take on special significance, as we can once again gather safely with more friends and family members around the table.
“To everyone celebrating Easter this weekend, I wish you a safe, healthy and joyful holiday.”
CANDICE Bergen, Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada and the Official Opposition, released the following statement:
“Today, Christians across Canada and around the world are celebrating the miracle of the resurrection.
“Easter Sunday is the most important day of the Christian calendar. Christians are celebrating the hope of salvation that Christ secured for us on the cross.
“These days, more than ever, Canadians need this ultimate hope. Despite the trials and challenges we continue to face, I pray that we can all find rest in the joy of the resurrection.
“No matter your faith tradition, I know all Canadians can celebrate the spirit of love, joy, and peace that Easter inspires. On behalf of the Conservative Party of Canada, I hope everyone has a wonderful Easter.”