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Canada New November 11 Public Holiday Bill

Source: The House of Commons of Canada (Ottawa)
Posted on Monday, October 3, 2016


The Canadian House of Commons bill C-311, An Act to amend the Holidays Act (Remembrance Day), yet another bill aiming to extend the observance of the regional, November 11, Remembrance Day, non-working public holiday of Canada, this time by making it a nationwide non-working public holiday in Canada ("is a legal holiday and shall be kept and observed as such throughout Canada") and by specifying a day in lieu when November 11 falls on a weekend ("When November 11 is a Saturday or a Sunday, the following Monday is a legal holiday and shall be kept and observed as such"), got its first reading last Friday.

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.

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

More recently (2014-11-05), the recently ousted 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."). But the victory of the Liberals in the last general elections dealt a death-blow to the bill as well.

For a while (2015-11-11), the ruling Couillard administration of the Canadian Province of Quebec has entertained the idea of declaring November 11 (the "jour du Souvenir") as an official statutory non-working public holiday in the Canadian Province of Quebec, but in the end, after a year of deliberations, it decided not to declare November 11 as an official statutory non-working public holiday in the Canadian Province of Quebec.

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.


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