Sept. 19 will be federal holiday, day of mourning in Mississauga, Brampton, Hamilton and Durham


Published September 13, 2022 at 12:42 pm

Queen Elizabeth II, seen here with former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau signing the Candian Constitution into law, died last Thursday at the age of 96. CP PHOTO

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says next Monday (Sept. 19) will be a national holiday and day of mourning for federal workers in Mississauga, Brampton, Hamilton, Durham and across Canada as Queen Elizabeth II is buried in England.

“We will be working with the provinces and the territories to try and see that we’re aligned on this. There are still a few details to be worked out,” Trudeau said today (Sept. 13) from a Liberal caucus retreat in New Brunswick. “But declaring an opportunity for Canadians to mourn on Monday is going to be important, so for our part we will be letting federal employees know that Monday will be a day of mourning.”

Unless Ontario and other provinces get in step with Trudeau’s plan, only federal workers will get the day off, similar to Remembrance Day.

Some 85 to 90 per cent of workers across the country are regulated by provincial governments.

Queen Elizabeth II served as Queen of the United Kingdom, Canada and the Commonwealth for 70 years until her death last Thursday (Sept. 8) at the age of 96.

Elizabeth II instantly became one of the world’s most famous women at the age of 25, when her father’s death in 1952 made her England’s sixth ruling queen and longest-reigning monarch.

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