Season's greetings from Defence

Video / December 20, 2016


General J.H.Vance: Hi everyone, this is General Vance, your Chief of Defence Staff. I’d like to wish all of you a fantastic Christmas holiday, Happy Holidays, and a great 2017. I’m thinking about all you troops deployed…thank you for your service, your sacrifice, your courage while deployed, I wish you all a safe return. To all of you and your families from mine, have a great Christmas, great holidays, and a great 2017. Thank you.

Dr. Marc Fortin: I wish you peace and happiness for a happy, merry Christmas holiday. I also wish you serenity for the new year to better understand, better focus on what’s important to us, our family, our friends, and our country. And loads of fun.

Edison Stewart: Hi, from the best communications team in the Government of Canada. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Rear-Admiral Darren Hawco : And from the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff group, Happy New Year and Merry Christmas to all CAF members deployed around the world.

Lieutenant-General Christine Whitecross: On behalf of all the members of Military Personnel Command, we’d like to wish you the very Merry Christmas, and a very good, happy New Year.

Chief Warrant Officer Christian Thibault: Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, all the best in 2017.  

Major-General Mike Rouleau: Whether I’m talking to you from Africa, Afghanistan, Asia, the Americas, the Middle East, wherever you are, we want to take a moment to say Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, take care of the mission, take care of yourselves, and we look forward to seeing you when you get back home. Take care.

ADM (IM) Len Bastien: Happy Holidays to the Defence Team. You know you guys bring your ‘A game’ every day. And we see it in the products and capabilities that we put out. Time to take a timeout. Go enjoy your friends and family this holiday season, and we’ll see you back here in 2017. Let’s go enjoy some hockey.

Brigadier-General Kerry Horlock: For those who are preparing for, and conducting operations across Canada and around the world, and for the friends and families who support them, we thank you.

Major-General Bill Seymour : And for those who are working over the holidays, thanks very much for what you do for us each and every day.

Brigadier-General Kerry Horlock : Merry Christmas

Major-General Bill Seymour : Happy New Year

John Turner: I want to thank you all for the hard work that you did in 2016 and the very great accomplishments that we achieved as a Defence Team. I wish each and every one of you all the best in 2017. Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all.

LGen Michael Hood: The Royal Canadian Air Force flies in formation with Santa, and are permanently on Santa’s ‘Nice list’. So be nice to us, we’re the guardians of his flight path. Happy Holidays.

Patrick Finn: On behalf of the entire Materiel group, I’d like to wish you a Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2017. And for all of our Canadian Armed Forces friends who are deployed, know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Thank you.

Vice Admiral Ron Lloyd: Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, especially to our Forces deployed around the world on operations, and to their families whose sacrifice and service is most sincerely appreciated. Merry Christmas.

LGen Pierre St-Amand: I’d like to wish all the members of the Canadian Armed Forces and the members of the department, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Don’t forget to track Santa alongside the NORAD at

Claude Rochette: Hello folks, Claude Rochette, CFO. We have been working hard this year, so make some magic – eat, drink, and celebrate. Happy Holidays to all.

Kin Choi: On behalf of all civilian human resources employees, have a wonderful holiday filled with joy and happiness in spending time with your loved ones. Enjoy every moment and I thank you for your excellent work.

CWO Kevin West: As we approach this holiday season, I’d like to thank each and every one of you serving Canadian Forces members and your families, for the exceptional work that you do across this country and around the world. I’d also like to take this time to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and a happy and prosperous 2017.

The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan: I just want to thank the Canadian Armed Forces and everybody in National Defence for all the great work that you do. Every year is always extremely busy…I just want to tell you what a privilege it is to be Minister of National Defence, and I want to sincerely thank you for making my life a lot easier, because everywhere I get to go, I receive the congratulations of the work that all of you do, so thank you for making Canada look so good.

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