Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced from New Brunswick where he attended a Liberal caucus retreat today that the 19th of September will be noticed as a federal holiday all over Canada to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.
However, it is still too soon to predict which provinces will follow it as all the provinces have to be on the same page with regard to this decision. But, this offered Canadians an opportunity to mourn on Monday is certainly important, he said.
He further added that not many get a day off work to mourn. Only federal government employees will get it. Around 90% of the workers are run by provincial governments. Since the announcement came in late and with a few days of notice alone left, President and CEO of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) Dan Kelly, was not seen in the favour of the decision. He tweeted provinces should rather follow the lead of the U.K rather than Canada as small businesses are short-staffed and must pay overtime which will have a financial impact.
The other provinces that have gone ahead and declared a holiday on the 19th of September are Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. In Quebec, Premier Francois Legault said, they will recognize it as a day of mourning, but it will not be declared a statutory holiday. British Columbia has also declared a holiday for all the employees of the public sector and as far as the private sector is concerned, they have been given the liberty to take a decision on the basis of what would be the best for the employees.
The provinces of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador will be marking it as a provincial holiday instead of the federal government. The government of the United Kingdom has announced it as a bank holiday on the funeral day wherever schools and other government services will be shut.
Joining the league other countries, Australia and New Zealand will hold it as a one-time national holiday. The dates however differ for both countries. The former is set to hold it on the 22nd of September, whereas the latter declared it for the 26th of September.
The federal government went ahead to announce the Parliament will return to the capital city of Ottawa, the second largest city in Ontario for a one-day sitting on the 15th of September to commemorate the Queen. The ceremony will include The Canadian Armed Forces and RCMP, A fly-over by CF-18s, and a 96-gun shot-on salute which emphasizes her age. It was further declared that the parliament will be available full-time on the 20th of September instead of the 19th.
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