To the editor:
As I sit at home with my daughter who has caught the flu and will likely miss the new B.C. Family Day as a result, I can’t help but shake my head.
When I was a child, every Sunday was B.C. Family Day. If you missed one Sunday with a cold or flu, there were still 51 more.
I am going to miss this Family Day and now I have to wait 364 more days for another one.
I know most people today cannot remember a time, nor would they want to, when people did not have to shop seven days a week.
But I miss those days and B.C. families need them.
Capitalism has become the way of the world, but that doesn’t mean we all have to buy into it. How many B.C. businesses will actually close on Family Day? How many people will spend time—quality time—with their children, rather than checking the Internet to see which businesses are open for business? How many people are scrambling to find childcare because they have to work?
Does the B.C. government actually think we are progressing by taking away 51 family days and giving us one back, 20 years later? I would gladly give up Sunday shopping so all those who have to work it could be at home with their loved ones for one whole day once a week. And I would gladly give up our newest B.C. holiday, too.