TORONTO – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday said September 19 will be a public holiday so federal employees can mourn Queen Elizabeth II on the day of her state funeral.
Trudeau also said he is working with the provinces on a possible holiday for other workers but Ontario and Quebec, Canada’s two most populous provinces, have refused to include it as a public holiday.
“Ontario will mark September 19, 2022 as a Provincial Funeral Day in lieu of a provincial holiday. Ontarians could observe a moment of silence at 1 p.m. that day,” said Ontario Premier Doug Ford in a statement.
Quebec Premier François Legault told reporters Tuesday that Monday will also be a day of remembrance, but not a holiday in the French-speaking province.
However, the province of Prince Edward Island said Monday that it would be treated like any other statutory holiday for all staff managed by the province and that provincial government offices and public schools would be closed. New Brunswick also said it would celebrate a national day of mourning by closing schools and government offices, but the holiday would be optional for private businesses and employers.
The late Queen was head of state for 45% of Canada’s existence and visited the country 22 times as monarch
“Declaring an opportunity for Canadians to mourn on Monday would be very important,” Trudeau said. “For our part, we will notify federal employees that Monday will be a day of mourning where they will not be working.”
Canada’s memorial services on Monday include a parade, a flight over and a church service in Ottawa that will be televised nationally.
King Charles III was officially proclaimed king of Canada on Saturday in a ceremony in Ottawa attended by Trudeau and Governor-General Mary Simon, who represents the British monarch as head of state. , a position mainly of a ceremonial and symbolic nature.
Both Trudeau and the new Conservative opposition leader Pierre Poilievre Canada have expressed support for Charles.
Although Canadians are somewhat indifferent to the monarchy, many have great affection for Elizabeth, whose silhouette marks their coins.
Overall, the anti-loyalty movement in Canada is small, meaning that Charles will almost certainly remain king of the country. Abolishing the monarchy means changing the constitution. It’s an inherently risky business, given how sophisticated it is designed to unite a nation of 37 million people including English speakers, French speakers, indigenous peoples and an influx of people. new immigration continuously.
Trudeau said Canadians are preoccupied with big issues like inflation and climate change, not constitutional issues.