Louis Riel gets a holiday

Manitoba’s new February holiday named after controversial historical figure
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|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 01/09/2008

Manitoba’s new February holiday will officially be known as Louis Riel Day.

Nancy Allan, the province’s Labour and Immigration Minister, said the name was chosen after students from 114 schools participated in a contest to name the new day.

“All Manitobans can be proud and enjoy this new made-in-Manitoba holiday,” she said. “A holiday in February between New Year’s and Good Friday will give us time to spend with family and friends.”