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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday that September 19 will be a holiday so federal employees can mourn Queen Elizabeth II on the day of her state funeral.
Trudeau also said he is working with the provinces on a possible public holiday for other workers. The provinces have jurisdiction over this.
“Declaring an opportunity for Canadians to cry on Monday will be important,” Trudeau said. “For our part, we will let federal employees know that Monday will be a day of mourning when they won’t work.”
The late queen was the head of state for 45% of Canada’s existence and has visited the country 22 times as a monarch.
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However, Quebec Premier François Legault told reporters on Tuesday that Monday would be a day of remembrance, but not a public holiday in the French-speaking province.
Canadian memorial services on Monday include a parade, flyby and church service in Ottawa that will be televised nationwide.
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King Charles III was officially proclaimed monarch of Canada on Saturday in a ceremony in Ottawa in the presence of Trudeau and Governor General Mary Simon, who is the British monarch’s representative as head of state, a predominantly ceremonial and symbolic position.
Both Trudeau and the new leader of the opposition Conservative Party Pierre Poilievre Canada have expressed support for Charles.
Although Canadians are somewhat indifferent to the monarchy, many had a great affection for Elizabeth, whose silhouette marks their coins.
Overall, the antireal movement in Canada is tiny, meaning Charles will almost certainly remain the country’s king. Abolishing the monarchy would mean changing the constitution. It is an inherently risky undertaking given the delicacy with which it is designed to unite a nation of 37 million that embraces Anglophone, Francophone, Indigenous and a steady stream of new immigrants.
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Trudeau said Canadians are concerned about big issues like inflation and climate change, not constitutional issues.