Premier David Eby has issued the following statement marking Thanksgiving:
“Today, people in British Columbia and throughout Canada will gather with family, friends and neighbours to celebrate Thanksgiving. This is a time to give thanks for the fall harvest and the blessing of the past year, and a time to give back to our communities.
“We are fortunate to live in such a beautiful, peaceful province where people are willing to step up and help their neighbours. This year, that spirit of service has been exemplified by the wildfire personnel, volunteers and residents who have supported the wildfire response and recovery effort.
“B.C. is a great place to live, but global inflation and high interest rates have put a lot of pressure on people here and around the world. I want to thank all the community organizations that are hosting Thanksgiving dinners this weekend, and everyone who has volunteered in a community kitchen or donated to a food bank.
“Our government is committed to continuing to address the big challenges people are facing so everyone can build a good life in B.C. This includes several measures to ease the pressure of everyday costs, including a historic $200-million investment to strengthen food supply throughout the province.
“Today, my family and I will sit down for a meal together and go around the table to share what we’re grateful for. This year, I’m particularly grateful for my wife and kids, who have been an endless source of love and support in my first year as premier, and for the wildfire personnel who have worked tirelessly to protect our province during our worst wildfire season on record. Our hearts are with the families of the six B.C. firefighters who lost their lives this season and everyone who is missing a loved one around the dinner table this year.
“Thank you to everyone who is making B.C. a better place for others, and happy Thanksgiving to all who are celebrating.”