Holiday to fall on second Monday of February
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The first Family Day in British Columbia will be February 11, 2013, Premier Christy Clark announced Monday.
The provincial government had been gathering input from citizens throughout May to find out which day they preferred, the second or third Monday of February.
The idea for the new holiday was first floated by Premier Clark last year during her successful B.C. Liberal leadership bid. It gained her some headlines and momentum in the campaign’s early days, when Clark was duelling with the likes of Kevin Falcon, George Abbott and Mike de Jong to get noticed on the way to the leadership convention.
Once Clark was sworn in as premier, the official Family Day announcement was one of her first proclamations.
Clark said when she launched the consultation process that it was initiated as a way to address some of the concerns members in the tourism community had raised over setting the holiday on a date shared by other provinces. She added that the cost to businesses — something raised by some business leaders when Clark first spoke of adding another holiday — would be minimal.
Clark’s promise to introduce Family Day Next year, B.C. will join four other provinces in celebrating a day off the third Monday in February.
Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan have their own Family Day holiday, and in Manitoba the third February Monday is celebrated as Louis Riel Day.