Prime Minister Stephen Harper took time to wish all Canadians the best on Christmas this year, saying Christmas is a time to share with family.

“What a time Christmas is, it’s a time to be with those nearest and dearest, it’s a time of renewal,” Harper said. “It’s an occasion for Canadians of all backgrounds to come together in appreciation of our most fortunate country.”

Harper, keeping with his economic focus, also took time to note how Canada has fared internationally.

Despite the global economic uncertainty all around us, Canada remains an island of stability and a bright hope for people in the world over.

“In the year ahead, we’ll continue to focus on growth, jobs and prosperity for all Canadians,” Harper said.

He ended by wishing Canadians the best and paying a tribute to the country.

“For now, let us be mindful of those who are less fortunate, be grateful for the service of our men and women in uniform, and let us give thanks for Canada, the best country in the world,” Harper said.