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Remembrance Day: Should Ontario, Quebec make it a stat holiday?

Ontario is one of the provinces that does not honour Remembrance Day as a statutory holiday. We asked some Ottawa residents if Nov. 11 should be a stat holiday?

Federal public servants receive day off on Nov. 11,

Debate rages over whether Remembrance Day should be a holiday in all provinces. 2:39

Four provinces do not mark Remembrance Day as a statutory holiday, as it is business as usual after noon ET, but some want all of Canada to honour Nov. 11.

NDP MP Dan Harris introduced a private member’s bill on Monday urging Nov. 11 to be marked as a national holiday.

The date is a statutory holiday for federal workers, and all three territories and six provinces — Newfoundland & Labrador, New Brunswick, P.E.I., Saskatchewan, Alberta and B.C. — mark the day each year.

Only Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and Manitoba do not.

MPs will vote on the bill on Wednesday evening, though we wanted to gauge your opinion on the debate.

Watch the video above for a report from the CBC’s Waubgeshig Rice and listen to Harris explain his private member's bill in this story's audio player.


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