I’m a husband and father of three young children and am writing to my fellow British Columbians for your support.
B.C.’s Family Day will take place this year on Monday, February 8th, which is a week before the other provinces in Canada who recognize their respective statutory holidays on the following Monday – including the entire United States.
In May 2012, the Provincial Government undertook a public engagement process to which they state they “received an overwhelming response,” garnering 31,146 responses. This represents less than 1% of the provincial population. 18,202 or 58% of these votes elected for the second Monday in February. These votes were strongly supported by ski and tourism sectors, as certain ski resorts leveraged their social media reach to have members vote on-line.
Since the Province of B.C. published their BC Family Day Public Engagement and Consultation report, it is clear that a number of unintended consequences have resulted in choosing a different day from the rest of the country and U.S. There are two costs we as British Columbians incur every year this happens:
Who Doesn’t Benefit:
- A child
with a parent who works in financial services, import/export or is a federal
parent with a child going to university/college in another province.
- A young
person from another province going to university/college in B.C.
- A family
with brothers/sisters/parents/grand-parents living across multiple provinces or
in the U.S.
Here’s how the numbers stack up:
GDP for the Province of B.C. is $237.2 billion.
Ski resorts represent $731 million or 0.30%.
loss of exports is estimated at $153 million.
labour costs (by way of overtime pay) for employers to keep their businesses
productivity for businesses who sell to other provinces and the U.S. the
child care expenses for parents of young children who have to work.
Make a Change
Christy Clark and the current provincial government should be applauded for bringing the Family Day holiday to B.C. Most British Columbians benefit from having a statutory holiday during the long period between New Years and Easter. If the “spirit” of the holiday is to bring as many families together as possible, then changing the holiday to the third Monday in February just makes sense. I’m asking the Government of British Columbia to change B.C. Family Day to the third Monday in February. Let’s make this a holiday that everyone can enjoy.
If you support this initiative, please: