Ottawa: The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement to mark the New Year:
“Happy New Year, Canada!
“Tonight, from coast to coast to coast, Canadians will gather with family and friends to celebrate the holidays and reflect on the accomplishments of 2019. While we count down to midnight, we look forward to a new year—and a new decade—full of promise and hope.
“The new year brings fresh opportunities, and making the most of them means finding common ground and shared purpose. In 2019, together, we made important progress for all Canadians, from lifting 900,000 people out of poverty to moving forward with trade and investment deals like the new NAFTA that work for the middle class. This year we announced that we are protecting our planet by taking action to ban harmful single-use plastics where science warrants it, and reaching for the stars by joining the mission to the Moon. As we ring in 2020, let’s remember that this spirit of teamwork is what got us here today, and that it remains our path forward.
“In the coming year, our government will continue to focus on the issues that matter most to Canadians across the country, from fighting climate change and strengthening the middle class, to walking the road of reconciliation, keeping people safe and healthy, and positioning Canada for success in an uncertain world.
“Let’s begin this next decade by recommitting ourselves to the values of respect, openness, and compassion that define us as Canadians. By coming together as neighbours and putting community first, we will build a brighter tomorrow for everyone.
“On behalf of the Government of Canada, Sophie and I wish you and your loved ones a wonderful night and all the very best in 2020.”
Premier’s John Horgan wishes on New Year’s Day
VICTORIA – Premier John Horgan has issued the following statement about New Year’s Day 2020:
“Tomorrow, we will wake up to a new year and fresh decade full of promise and opportunity. This is a time to reflect on our past accomplishments and set new goals to shape a better future.
“British Columbians will start off the new year with a little extra money each month with the elimination of Medical Services Plan premiums on Jan. 1, 2020, saving families up to $1,800 and individuals up to $900 each year.
“This year, we will launch the new B.C. Child Opportunity Benefit to help families get ahead. Eligible families with one child will receive up to $1,600 per year, families with two children up to $2,600 and those with three kids will receive up to $3,400 each year, making a big difference in people’s lives.
“Looking back, 2019 was a year of progress. We worked to make sure B.C. families have access to affordable child care and housing. We strengthened our CleanBC plan with new accountability measures and we helped more people shift to cleaner forms of transportation, like electric vehicles and public transit. And, we enacted historic legislation to recognize and uphold the rights of Indigenous peoples in B.C.
“I’m feeling optimistic as we ring in a new year on strong footing. We’re working for the people of B.C. to build a strong, sustainable economy, improve the services people rely on, make life more affordable and protect our environment. We’ve accomplished a lot and there’s more to do.
“On behalf of the Government of British Columbia, I wish you all a happy new year!”