Nov 05, 2014
By Jane Brown
There’s a movement in Ottawa to make Remembrance Day a national holiday. The governing Conservatives are supporting an NDP private member’s bill that would make Remembrance Day a paid statutory holiday, as Canadians mourn the deaths of two Canadian soldiers killed last month.
New Democrat MP Dan Harris, who represents Toronto’s Scarborough Southwest riding, is proposing to establish a cross country standard to treat November 11th as a stat holiday. Callers to the New AM 740’s Goldhawk Fights Back, weighed in on the proposal:
Members of Parliament will hold a second reading free vote today on the bill, which is expected to pass with the Conservative’s support. If approved, the bill will go to the House of Commons Heritage Committee for further study, before coming back to the Commons for a final vote.
Currently six provinces and three territories mark Remembrance Day as a paid day off. Federal government employees also receive the day off with pay.
But several provinces, including Ontario, do not mark Remembrance Day as an official paid stat holiday.