MND holiday message to the Defence Team

Harjit Sajjan's official portrait.
The Honourable Harjit Singh Sajjan, Minister of National Defence

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The holiday season is upon us, and in addition to extending my sincere best wishes to the entire Defence Team, I would like to thank you for all of your hard work and dedication in 2017.

This has been an exciting and challenging year for members of the Defence Team. Our team is like no other with Canadian Armed Forces members and Public Service colleagues working alongside one another to protect Canadians. Time and again, you answered when called upon, building on our long-standing reputation as a world-class military. Whether responding to natural disasters, providing search and rescue support, defending our sovereignty, or contributing to a wide range of military operations throughout the world, Canadians are justifiably proud of the work that you do day in and day out.

This year, we also launched our new Defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, which represents an historic investment in Canada’s military. It is a policy that puts people at its core, and while a great deal of works remains ahead of us, I look forward to working together as we implement all aspects of the policy.

While the holidays are a time for celebration, for the men and women of the Defence Team who are separated from their families while posted abroad, it can also be a hard time. To you and your families, we owe a special thanks. You are in the thoughts of all Canadians throughout the season.

Thank you for all that you do and I hope you enjoy a joyful and festive holiday season spent with friends, family and loved ones.

Happy holidays. Merry Christmas!


The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan

Minister of National Defence

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