Politicians send out holiday greetings

Stephen Harper. This one actually made its way onto Awkward Family Photos with the caption,

Stephen Harper. This one actually made its way onto Awkward Family Photos with the caption, "Yes, that is the prime minister of Canada, and yes, his wife is holding a chinchilla."

Jessica Hume, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:30 AM ET

OTTAWA - In his Christmas greeting to Canadians, Prime Minister Stephen Harper calls this a "time to reflect on our good fortune and a time to remember those in our midst who have less."

"As we count our many blessings, let us also give a moment to our brave men and women in uniform," Harper says in the video address. "I ask you to offer a thought and a prayer to them and their families."

For NDP leader Thomas Mulcair, the message going into 2014 was one of co-operation.

"It's a time to reconnect with family and loved ones and to reflect on everything we've accomplished," he said, also in a video address. "Let's also remember that many of our fellow Canadians are struggling; as we plan for the new year, let's resolve to take better care of one another and work together to build a country where no one's left behind."

Liberal leader, Justin Trudeau, posted his card online with the politically correct "Happy Holidays and Season's Greetings." It also shows photos of him family -- canoeing, hiking, wife Sophia doing a headstand, or "Salamba Sirsasana" in yogi.

Foreign Affairs Minister, John Baird, and Andrew Bennett, the ambassador for religious freedom, released a more politically charged statement, bringing attention to continuing persecution of Christians in various countries.

"From attacks on Nigeria Christians worshipping peacefully over Christmas to difficulties faced in Pakistan, China, North Korea, Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East, we call for greater freedom for those trying to worship in peace."


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