Family Day will be added to the calendar as a new day off for residents in February
Regina (30 Oct. 2006) - Saskatchewan is planning to add a new paid holiday to the calendar in the longest and bleakest part of the year.
Family Day, a new statutory holiday, was officially announced as a new holiday to be added to the calendar in February when the NDP government of Premier Lorne Calvert outlined its legislative agenda in a new throne speech Thursday in the legislature.
Calvert said Saskatchewan residents deserve an extra day off with pay each year. Currently, there's no holiday between New Year's Day and Easter.
"We believe that with the strength of our economy today, that Saskatchewan families deserve a holiday, a Family Day, to celebrate family in that period of the year," he said.
The proposal leaves the Opposition in an interesting spot. Saskatchewan Party leader Brad Wall has argued against another holiday but isn't opposing "Family Day."
"In principle we are in favour," Wall said. "There's some questions that need to be asked, i.e. cost." NUPGE