What if they Held a Holiday and a City Ignored it?
In Ontario, this coming Monday is a “Holiday” for lots of folks, and it is called
The Unknown Holiday Family Day, and this “Holiday” was implemented a few years back, by the McGuinty Provincial Government. Nice idea, a day off in February so that there is a break in the winter, might even catch on (one day).
Banks are closed on this day, Schools are closed, City Services are curtailed, many stores are closed and such, however, in Ottawa (the nation’s capital), because this is a “new” holiday for the Public Service, no one in the Federal Government actually gets the day off as a Statutory Holiday.
The buses will most likely be running on a curtailed schedule, yet pretty much every Federal Government employee is expected to show up to work on Monday. I have also heard that there are many private companies that haven’t adopted this day off officially (they have instead given employees a floating holiday that they can take Monday or some other day instead).
What does this mean? Ottawa becomes very schizophrenic on Monday, with some folks taking a long weekend, others having to find alternate child care because their kids have the day off, yet the parents have to go to work, and still more folks developing a bad case of the “Family Day Grippe”. Productivity will not be high, is my guess as well.
I can’t figure out whether this is the Federal Government thumbing it’s nose at the Provincial Government, or just a very interesting screw up. I doubt PSAC will fight for this day off, since Public Servants already get Remembrance Day off, so this odd “UN-Holiday” will continue on in Ottawa. Across the river in Gatineau folks over there will wonder why all the rich Ontarians are coming across the river to buy their groceries on Monday too (it is not a holiday in Quebec either (I don’t think)).
Is this a Holiday, or not? What does this have to do with Personal Finance? Not much, but it’s an interesting quandary.