New holiday deserves support (Editor’s notes)

Extra day off might deliver overall benefits
By Todd Humber
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/20/2007

Political promises made during campaigning usually don’t merit much attention. Almost any politician, at any level and of any stripe, will tell voters whatever it is they want to hear in order to get elected. But one recent promise by a ruling party deserves some close scrutiny in the HR world.

Ontario is in the midst of a provincial election campaign and the ruling Liberals kicked off the campaign with the promise of the creation of “Family Day,” a new statutory holiday in February.

Workers in Alberta have enjoyed a February holiday since 1990, celebrating Family Day on the third Monday in February. Saskatchewan leapt into the fray last year, and Manitoba is expected to jump on the bandwagon in 2008.