How Canada Day was stolen from working-class people

Whether you celebrate Canada Day, Dominion Day, Memorial Day, Beer-and-Barbie day:  today is a day that we Canadians get together with friends and family and celebrate our Canadianness.

Unless, of course, you work for a living in retail.

Or in another field where people work on the weekend…

The lawmakers are now so disconnected from real-life people, the bureaucrats who ‘aid’ them in the drafting of laws are so self-focused and unable or unwilling to consider the conditions under which the rest of us live, that the laws serve them and them only at the expense of other Canadians.

Just look at how this civic holiday law is written!

The aim of having Canada Day be a statutory holiday is so that all of us can go and celebrate with friends and family, right?

So, if the holiday falls on the weekend, most people should be able to celebrate, right?

But – the bureaucrats and policymakers feel like they are missing out on a ‘free’ day off!!!

So, they wrote the law to say that if Canada Day falls onto the weekend, the statutory holiday will fall onto the following Monday.

The effect of this, of course, is that the statutory holiday does not fall onto Canada Day itself!!!

So, people who usually work on the weekend have to work on Canada Day – and then get a day off later on in the week, when the celebrations are already over.

Sure, some companies will give people the day off – but at their own cost, because they still have to give them a paid day off on Monday.

Sure, some people will take a holiday, so they can  get together with friends and family.

And that is great!

But, that is what people would have done if we did not have a statutory holiday to start off with – so, it defeats the very purpose of having one, doesn’t it?

Happy Canada Day…


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