An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.
MONDAY WILL BE a national holiday to mark the Queen’s funeral. Not everybody thinks it’s a good idea and not everybody will get the day off.
Federal employees will be off work but several provinces will mark it in different ways, leaving it up to businesses to decide on their own whether or not to close.
And a lot of ordinary folks say we have enough declared holidays.
Business groups worried about having to pay employees time and a half if they kept their doors open on Monday.
In B.C., Premier John Horgan says public schools and universities, and most Crown corporations will be closed. Private-sector employees should “find a way to recognize or reflect” on the day, he said.
It’s unfortunate our official period of mourning is now marked with disagreement over how we should observe the day of her funeral.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at email@example.com.