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British Columbia Family Day Public Holiday Changed

Source: The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Posted: Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Most recent follow-up news item: December 21, 2021

The Premier of Canada's Province of British Columbia, Christy Clark, has finally announced that contrary to earlier announcements, Monday, February 11, 2013, would be the first occurrence of the new, Family Day, annual public holiday in British Columbia.

Last fall (2011-10-05), Premier Clark had announced that Monday, February 18, 2013, would be the first occurrence of a new, Family Day, annual public holiday, thus making good on the promise she had made earlier that year (2011-02-03), when running for the leadership of the BC Liberal Party.

However, earlier this month (2012-05-11), British Columbia's Labour Minister, Margaret MacDiarmid, announced a two-week social media campaign to determine when exactly in February to set this new annual non-working public holiday, as apparently the earlier "third Monday of February" date would mean that both British Columbia and the neighboring Province of Alberta would be on holiday on the same date, thus adding congestion to British Columbia's ski resorts (which are a very popular destination for Albertans on Family Day).

The Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan have long observed a Family Day public holiday on the third Monday of February. They were joined in 2008 by the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Manitoba (2007-10-11 and 2007-09-26) and 2 years later by the Province of Prince Edward Island (2008-11-27).

Note that, ironically, in the case of the Province of Prince Edward Island, the initial date for the new February public holiday was the second Monday of February (2008-11-27 and 2008-04-06), and that it was subsequently changed to the third Monday of February (2009-04-24).

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