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  2. Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette
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Christmas Lights Across Canada Illumination Ceremony

Parliament Hill, Thursday, December 1, 2011


Who among us does not feel a rush of joy and anticipation at the illumination of Christmas lights at this time of the year?

As a father and grandfather, I often look at the faces of children when I want to glimpse a spontaneous response to the world. And this evening, I think we all look a bit like children, wide-eyed with excitement at the start of the holiday season.

For the next five weeks, more than 300,000 multicoloured lights will illuminate the national capital, and many thousands more will light up capital cities across Canada. Together, these lights brighten the season and form a constellation of warmth and goodwill right across our country.

Let them be a reminder to us of our good fortune to live in such a diverse, multicultural society, where together we strive to build smart and caring communities.

Over the course of the past year, I have been fortunate to visit many communities across Canada and to meet with people from all walks of life. It has been a true privilege to experience the warmth and generosity of Canadians, and to learn more about this remarkable country of ours. 

The holiday season is a wonderful opportunity for us to pause and appreciate all that we share and have in common.

I am delighted to see you gathered here on Parliament Hill for this festive occasion. On behalf of my wife Sharon, our five wonderful daughters and our eight grandchildren, I wish you the very best this holiday season. 

Thank you.