Wrong priority

Though not a new issue by any means, the clamour for a statutory holiday in February really seems to have picked up steam this year—with the federal NDP the latest to jump on the bandwagon.
A few provinces already have made such a move. Alberta has been celebrating Family Day since 1990, with Saskatchewan doing so for the first time this past Monday (Feb. 19).
And Manitoba announced earlier this month that it plans to have a provincial holiday in February by next year.
It’s certainly a long haul between New Year’s Day and Easter, especially given the stretch falls right in the dead of winter, when even the most physically and mentally fit among us can confess to suffering from “cabin fever.”
As for “excuses” to have a national holiday in February, there’s no shortage of candidates. Heritage Day has been bandied about by some as a way to recognize all our roots making up the great cultural mosaic known as Canada.
Others think Feb. 15, already designated as Flag Day, should be a full-fledged holiday in honour of the anniversary of the Maple Leaf as our national flag/emblem back in 1965.
But what’s wrong with this picture? There’s this growing chorus among Canadians that we “deserve” a day off in February to beat the winter blues, basically, yet we don’t have a true national holiday on Nov. 11 to honour those who have given their lives to defend our freedom and values.
What does that say about our priorities as a country and society?
Remembrance Day should be declared a statutory holiday long before any day in February. Surely our fallen have earned that much respect.

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