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Canada BC Public Holiday Confusion

Source: CTV Vancouver Island (Victoria)
Posted: Wednesday, February 6, 2013


As Monday, February 11, 2013, the first occurrence of the new, Family Day, annual public holiday in British Columbia, approaches, there is minor chaos as people discover that not all in British Columbia are covered by the new Family Day, public holiday.

Last month (2013-01-31), the Premier of Canada's Province of British Columbia, Christy Clark, had confirmed that Monday, February 11, 2013, would be the first occurrence of the new, Family Day, annual public holiday in British Columbia, one-week change from the date she announced shortly after her election (2011-10-05), when she announced that Monday, February 18, 2013, would be the first occurrence of the new, Family Day, annual public holiday, that she had vowed to declare earlier that year (2011-02-03), when running for the leadership of the BC Liberal Party.

The one week date change came, last spring (2012-05-11), British Columbia's Labour Minister, Margaret MacDiarmid, announced a social media campaign to determine when exactly in February to set this new annual non-working public holiday with a view to avoid congestion on the BC ski slopes.

Following that social media campaign (2012-05-29), Premier Clark finally announced that Monday, February 11, 2013, would be the first occurrence of the new, Family Day, annual public holiday in British Columbia.

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).

Similar confusion arose when the Canadian Provinces of Ontario and Manitoba declared their own Family Day public holiday (2007-11-02 and 2007-10-20) as residents of these provinces discovered that, as is the case now in BC, federal government workers are not covered by any province-specific public holiday, beyond the one included in the federal public sector collective agreements.



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