Vancouver - BC Liberal leadership candidate Andrew Wilkinson issued the following statement:
"I wish to extend my very best wishes to the many diverse communities of Orthodox Christians and Eastern Catholics in British Columbia that are celebrating Christmas in adherence to the Julian calendar.
"As families and friends commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ through reflection and celebration, and fasts and feasts, His messages of generosity and compassion remain relevant to this day.
"We are blessed to live in our peaceful and prosperous province and should take this opportunity to celebrate our diversity and good fortune as well as to help those less fortunate than ourselves.
"A very Merry Christmas to everyone celebrating at this time, and may all British Columbians enjoy love, health, joy, success and prosperity in 2018."