Thursday, August 02, 2007

BC Day

We won't be near the computer this weekend, or at least that is my hope. Just so you are wondering, we have a 3 day holiday weekend. It's called BC Day. Here is a bit of history behind the holiday. Most people get outside during this weekend.

British Columbia Day

1 The first Monday of August is a legal holiday to be observed as "British Columbia Day".

Interesting Facts

How did B.C. Day come to be a holiday?

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1. How did B.C. Day come to be a holiday?

The British Columbia Day Act, R.S.B.C. 1996 c.34 was
first introduced in 1974 as Bill 61 by the
Hon. Ernie Hall, the Provincial Secretary under Premier Dave Barrett. The explanatory notes prefacing the bill states: "The purposes of this Bill is to recognize the pioneers of British Columbia by declaring the first Monday of August in each year to be a public holiday known as British Columbia Day."

From the B.C. Debates, 4th Session, 30th Parliament, May 1, 1974, the Hon. Hall states, "August 1, or the closest working day to it, is a statutory holiday in every other province in Canada. By coincidence, an Act to provide to the Government of British Columbia, which changed us from the Colony of British Columbia, was passed by Parliament in the United Kingdom on August 2, 1858....

"We feel that British Columbia, like every other province could benefit and should have a holiday around August 1. We feel that the holiday should be dedicated to the pioneers who built the colony of British Columbia into the great province it is today..."

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