Prime Minister Stephen Harper is encouraging Canadians to think of those less fortunate.
In his annual holiday message, Harper says Canada remains an “island of stability” in an uncertain world.
And he says the new year will bring with it continuing challenges to improve the economy and create jobs.
But he says now is the season to ponder about those who are struggling to make ends meet.
Harper says he’s also grateful for the sacrifices made by the men and women in Canada’s military.
And he urges Canadians to be thankful for the country in which they live.
Harper says Christmas is a time, not just for Christians, but for people from all backgrounds, to appreciate how fortunate they are.