Saskatchewan Enjoys New Statutory Holiday Today
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.
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!