McGuinty Government Back To Work With A Holiday For Hard-Working Families

    Family Day To Be Celebrated Every Third Monday Of February

    QUEEN'S PARK, Oct. 11 /CNW/ - Premier Dalton McGuinty got back to work
today on behalf of hard-working Ontario families by confirming that he would
create a new statutory holiday this February called Family Day.
    "There is nothing more valuable to families than time together. And yet
it seems tougher than ever to find, with so many of us living such busy
lives," McGuinty said.
    "That's why, on the third Monday of this coming February - and every
February from now on - Ontarians deserve a new statutory holiday - Family
    Adding Family Day to the calendar would give Ontario workers and families
a total of nine statutory holidays per year, putting the province on par with
Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.
    In addition, although not recognized as a statutory holiday under the
Employment Standards Act, the first Monday in August is observed as a civic
holiday in many Ontario municipalities.
    "I can think of no better way for our government to get to work than by
rewarding Ontarians for all their hard work, and for their belief that when we
work together, build together and dream together, there is nothing we cannot
    Premier McGuinty also pledged to continue working hard on behalf of the
people of Ontario as his government begins its second mandate.
    "We will continue to move forward, together. And moving forward, for our
government, means that we must work as hard, care as deeply and dream as
vividly as the people we are privileged to represent," he said.
    "We live in the greatest province in the most blessed country in the
world," said McGuinty. "We have made great progress, together, in the past
four years - and we know we have more to do in the next four years."

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