Editorial: Family friction — timing of February stat doesn’t sit well with everyone

We are about to celebrate our fourth Family Day in B.C. and some of us are not happy about the timing.

Andrew Johns, for one.

He will be working on the second Monday of the month because he works in the financial markets and the rest of the country won’t be taking that day off.

Six other Canadian provinces have a holiday in February, but they all happen on the third Monday.

So do our American cousins, who will be celebrating Presidents Day on Feb. 15.

Johns, who says he would like a day off with his wife and children, is petitioning the provincial government to move Family Day to the third Monday of the month.

So far, he’s gathered 17,000 signatures online.

The Surrey Board of Trade has also called on the provincial government to move B.C.’s day off into line with every one else.

Board of Trade CEO Anita Huberman says because the B.C. holiday happens when the rest of Canada and the U.S. is working, many people here can’t take the day off because their colleagues elsewhere are working.

So why is B.C. so out of synch?

A little recent history is in order.

Back in 2011, when the provincial government decided B.C. residents deserved a break between New Year’s Day and Easter, it did an online poll that found a majority of those who participated, preferred the second Monday, precisely because it was on a day when the rest of North America would be working.

The reasoning was B.C. residents would have less trouble getting into vacation destinations with the rest of Canada and the U.S. working.

As the Wikipedia entry notes, as a new holiday, “there are no traditional activities that are associated with (Family day).”

Except, perhaps, for complaining about the timing of it.

What do you think? Should B.C. move the holiday to match the rest of Canada and the U.S.?

Or is the advantage of time off when everyone else is working worth keeping?

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