EDITORIAL: Who needs a turkey holiday?

We said it in January and we will say it again — toss the turkey and add the family.

We said it in January and we will say it again — toss the turkey and add the family.

There are nine statutory holidays in British Columbia, only three of which occur during the first six months of the year.

It is a bleak fact the coldest, darkest and, for many, loneliest months of the year are afforded the fewest holidays.

This is why Premier Christy Clark is banking on her Family Day holiday brightening minds — and, perhaps, her chances at winning re-election in 2013.

Clark has followed Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Prince Edward Island in adding a statutory holiday in late February.

It would be a welcome break in the vast monotony of winter that stretches from New Year’s Day (Jan. 1 ) to Good Friday.

That’s almost four months without a non-weekend break.

Yet, British Columbians enjoy a holiday per month from Canada Day (July 1) to Christmas (Dec. 25).

Packing days off in the months of good weather makes sense (Victoria Day in May, Canada Day in July, B.C. Day in August and Labour Day in September).

But, is there really a need for three more statutory holidays in the colder months that follow, at the expense of the annual expanse of blah that follows New Year’s Day?

Clark’s decision has businesses concerned about the costs incurred in increased wages, lost revenue and decreased production.

They are fair concerns, which is why Alberta did not increase the number of stat holidays when in 1990 it introduced Family Day on the third Monday of each February.

To address business concerns, Alberta eliminated the Heritage Day stat holiday in August when creating Family Day.

B.C. can do the same — adding a much-needed holiday in February to help bridge this most barren of seasons, while scratching a stat from the holiday-rich back end of the calendar.

We suggest Victoria hold onto the summer vacation days as Lotuslanders love their lakes and cabins.

Instead, Thanksgiving can be sacrificed, as is done with turkeys each year.

This year, Labour Day falls just 35 days before Thanksgiving and Remembrance Day arrives only 32 days after Thanksgiving.

Surely, workers in B.C. would choose a February break over an October reprieve.

 

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