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Canada Family Day Public Holiday Could Be Extended

Source: Radio-Canada (Moncton)
Posted on Monday, September 6, 2010


The Prime Minister of Canada's Province of New Brunswick, Shawn Graham, has announced that his government, if re-elected, would declare a new annual provincial public holiday, Family Day, on the third Monday of February.

Recall that, two years ago (2008-08-16), Premier Graham had indicated that a new, August 15, Acadian Day, provincial public holiday, was not a priority for his government. This was in response to renewed calls for such a public holiday, including the previous year's promise by the leader of the Canadian federal opposition party, Stéphane Dion, to declare August 15 a federal public holiday if the Liberal party came to power in the next elections (2007-08-17).

If Premier Graham is re-elected on September 27, and keeps his promise, New Brunswick would become the 6th Canadian province to observe a provincial public holiday on the 3rd Monday of February.

Alberta, and Saskatchewan, who had observed a public holiday on the 3rd Monday of February for years, were joined by Manitoba, 3 years ago (2007-04-28), although this new public holiday was later named "Louis Riel Day" rather than "Family Day" (2007-09-26).

Meanwhile (2007-09-04), the Prime Minister of the Province of Ontario, Dalton McGuinty, promised a new public holiday, called Family Day, on the third Monday in February, if he was elected in the upcoming elections. Prime Minister McGuinty was re-elected and soon thereafter kept his promise to declare a new Family Day provincial public holiday (2007-10-11).

A few months later (2008-04-06), the newly elected Liberal government of the Province of Prince Edward's Island announced the creation of a new provincial public holiday, "Islander Day", to be held on the second Monday in February, beginning in 2009. Then, a few months after the first Islander Day in PEI, the government of the Province of Prince Edward Island introduced Bill No. 72, An Act to Amend the Islander Day Act, which changed the date of the Islander Day annual public holiday to the third Monday in February (2009-04-24).


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