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Our View: Family Day should live up to its name

For a long time many British Columbians have wanted a holiday between New Year’s Day in January and Good Friday in March or April (depending on the calendar.) This year, they got their wish.

Monday was B.C.’s inaugural Family Day, and across the province, there were family-oriented events to participate in—if you were of the mind to do so.

But it seems not everyone was happy about that.

Leading up to the holiday, several callers into a CBC radio program out of Vancouver complained about the timing.

Many were business people, upset that the holiday was this week and not next week, to coincide with a holiday in the U.S.

But the province originally wanted it to be the third Monday in February and not the second. Intense lobbying by many businesses, and a vote of the public, called for the second Monday in February instead.

As for the day itself, like any other statutory holiday, it gives the opportunity for families to spend time together if they want to do that. And they should.

In today’s society, some people have to work on statutory holidays so not everyone got the opportunity to spend quality family time with their loved ones.

But that’s not the fault of the holiday, that’s a business decision. And people who had to work either got paid more to do so or will get another day off in lieu.

In B.C. there are now 10 statutory holidays throughout the year, days when families have the opportunity to spend time together (if they do not have to work).

But family time should be more than just one day, or even 10 days a year.

If it takes a government holiday to encourage us all to put down the cell phone, move away from the computer screen or television set and instead, focus on family, then B.C.’s newest holiday will have done its job.

 

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