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Quebec November 11 Public Holiday Extension Ruled-Out

Source: Ministère du Travail, de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité Sociale du Québec (Quebec City)
Posted: Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Most recent follow-up news item: March 2, 2018

The ruling Couillard administration of the Canadian Province of Quebec has announced that, after a year of deliberations, it had decided not to declare November 11 (the "jour du Souvenir") as an official statutory non-working public holiday in the Canadian Province of Quebec.

Last year (2014-11-05), the then Conservative Goverment of Canada had announced that it would support the NDP Bill C-597 ("An Act to amend the Holidays Act (Remembrance Day)") another bill which would make November 11, Remembrance Day, a national statutory holiday, throughout Canada ("This enactment amends the Holidays Act to make Remembrance Day a legal holiday and give it the same status as Canada Day.").

Currently, in Canada, six provinces and three territories mark Remembrance Day as a paid general holiday (Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Northwest Territories and Nunavut, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan, Yukon), but these represent less than half of Canada's population, with Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba and Nova Scotia not recognizing Remembrance Day as an official paid statutory holiday.

A decade ago (2006-10-30 and 2006-10-08), the House of Commons bill C-354, An Act to amend the Holidays Act (Remembrance Day) got its first reading and would have made November 11 a legal holiday observed throughout Canada, stipulating that when November 11 is a Sunday, November 12 would be a legal holiday observed throughout Canada. But this bill got nowhere.

More recently (2010-11-04), an opposition member of the legislature of Canada's Province of Ontario, Progressive Conservative Lisa MacLeod, had introduced a private member's bill to designate November 11 as a statutory provincial non-working public holiday. This also got nowhere.

The current Couillard administration of the Province of Quebec had hinted, last year, that it might declare November 11 as a fully paid non-working public holiday in the Canadian Province of Quebec, but yesterday, Quebec Labour Minister, Cynthia St-Hilaire, announced that the government had decided against this, citing the cost to the economy of such an additional non-working public holiday in Canada's Province of Quebec ("En raison des conséquences économiques qui seraient vraiment importantes, l'option de faire du jour du Souvenir un jour férié n'a pas été retenue à la suite d'une analyse." and "La perte de productivité pour le Québec «serait de l'ordre de 600 millions de dollars.").

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