Public votes on best day for new holiday

The B.C. government has added legislation for a new holiday in February and has asked for the public’s input.

  • May. 23, 2012 11:00 a.m.

The B.C. government has added legislation for a new holiday in February and has asked for the public’s input to decide which day it should be.

The Family Day legislation would create a new holiday on either the second or third Monday in February but the government recently asked people to vote on which one they think it should be.

“By having Family Day on the third Monday in February, British Columbians will share the same day with five other Canadian provinces, and with the United States’ President’s Day,” said a statement issued by the Ministry of Labour, Citizen’s services and Open Government.

“By having it on the second Monday, British Columbians will be able to enjoy not only ski hills, but also parks and other local attractions throughout the Province without other long-weekend traffic,” said the statement.

The Fernie Chamber of Commerce said they are hoping it will be on the second Monday in February, to be different to other provinces.

“For tourism in Fernie we are always booked solid the third weekend in February with visitors,” said Sarah Parry, Manager of the Chamber.

“We would love to have Family Day on the second Monday when Fernie has the availability to host more visitors.”

Voting closed on Tuesday and the Chamber is waiting for the results.

 

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