PRIME Minister Justin Trudeau, on Sunday in a statement on Easter said: “Today, millions of Christians in Canada and around the world will celebrate Easter to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ and reflect on his message of hope, forgiveness, compassion, and redemption.
“This will be the second Easter where the global COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to celebrate differently. For many that means being isolated from family, friends, and loved ones, or having to miss annual Easter egg hunts. For others it means not being able to attend church service, or having to skip community gatherings this year. I know this is difficult – and that celebrations are not the same over Zoom or on the phone – but together we will find ways to reflect on Jesus’ life and find renewed inspiration in his generosity, sacrifice, and wisdom.
“Since the start of the global pandemic, Christian Canadians of all backgrounds have shown acts of compassion and kindness, helping their fellow Canadians by donating to food banks, volunteering to assist people impacted by COVID-19, and demonstrating what it means to love our neighbours as ourselves.
“Now, with the start of spring signalling renewal, I invite all Canadians of all faiths and backgrounds to look forward with optimism. Together, we will get through this crisis, and we will continue to build a better Canada that is fairer, stronger, and more resilient.
“As we celebrate with our family, Sophie and I wish all those marking this special occasion a blessed and joyful Easter.”
PREMIER John Horgan said: “Easter is being celebrated by Christians in British Columbia and around the world this weekend.
“During these challenging times, we are reminded of the power of love, humility and self-sacrifice as exemplified by the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
“Easter is a time of joy and hope for Christians – and there is much to be hopeful for this spring. The finish line is in sight, but we need to keep working hard to protect our loved ones and communities.
“Many people will still be spending this holiday away from their family and friends, and I want to thank you for the sacrifices you’ve made to help keep communities safe over the last year. The COVID-19 pandemic has been incredibly difficult, but we can look forward to better days soon.
“To everyone celebrating Easter this weekend, I wish you a safe, blessed and joyful holiday.”