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Monday, February 19, 2007 

Saskatchewan Enjoys New Statutory Holiday Today

Yes indeed, while the rest of the nation got up this Monday morning and headed off to their daily drudgery, the good people of the province of Saskatchewan are enjoying their first every 'Family Day'!.

Based on the reality that there are no long weekends from the Christmas / New Year time until months later at Easter, the Saskatchewan government has declared that the third Monday in February will now be a statutory holiday. The only other province with this observance is the Province of Alberta.

And just as Christmas has its 'Scrooge', Family Day has its Marilyn Braun-Pollen.

The Provincial Director of the Federation of Independent Business is ticked off. Marilyn Braun-Pollen says workers in Saskatchewan now have more statutory holidays than any other province in Canada and more vacation days than anywhere else in the country. We have the August long weekend and, according to the CFIB, we have one more week of vacation time than any other province. Braun-Pollen says if Saskatchewan employees wanted a holiday in February they could have used some of their generous vacation time.

Marilyn told reporters that she was going to ignore the holiday and go to work today.

There are always those extreme right wingers who insist that businesses have a duty to gouge out every last cent of profit they can from consumers.

Postscript:
And just to prove that this is a long weekend in Saskatchewan, the gasoline companies all convieniently jacked up gas prices as the long weekend started. Thanks to Saskboy for this!

Buck,

while the rest of the nation got up this Monday morning and headed off to their daily drudgery, the good people of the province of Saskatchewan are enjoying their first every 'Family Day'!

Not quite my friend. Albertans get a day off too. Guess what we call our day off, and have for decades? "Family Day". What a coincidence.

Ollie ... read on in the post a little further, I did say "The only other province with this observance is the Province of Alberta."

It's a good idea - whether it is called 'Flag Day' or 'Family Day', it is too long a stretch between New years and Easter.

I think the whole country should adopt it.

I read that. My point was that one second you said the "rest of the nation" (which assumedly includes Alberta) except Saskatchewan have to work today, and then admit that Alberta observes the holiday. Essentially, you're a flipflopper on holidays. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

My dad used to say, " son, I think you're worried about fly shit in the pepper."

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