Trudeau takes stand against 'fear and division' in New Year's message

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his resolution for 2017 is to "stand against the politics of fear and division."
'We've got a lot to celebrate this year, most of all our 150th birthday,' Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told Canadians in his New Year's message. (Twitter)

The prime minister says his resolution for 2017 is to "stand against the politics of fear and division."

Trudeau's New Year's message released Saturday said he will focus on what brings people together.

The message noted that 2017 marks the country's 150th anniversary, and Canadians will use it to honour past generations.

Trudeau also took the opportunity to say that in 2016, his government cut taxes for the middle class and revamped the Canada Child Benefit.

In her New Year's message to Canadians, the Queen reflected on how Canada has developed into a remarkable nation.

Sharon Johnston, left, Gov. Gen. David Johnston, Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly and Algonquin Elder Albert Dumont re-light the Centennial Flame on Parliament Hill on New Year's Eve last night. The flame was first lit as the climax of Canada's centennial celebrations on Jan. 1, 1967. (CBC)

She said Canada has earned a reputation as a "welcoming, respectful and compassionate country."

"Throughout the coming year, you will have the opportunity to remind the world of the importance of protecting those values and of passing them on to future generations," said her message released late Saturday.


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