Alberta announces Monday as provincial day of mourning, not statutory holiday

The Monday will be a provincial day of mourning but will not be treated as a statutory holiday in Alberta. 

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Monday, September 19 will be a federal holiday. The national holiday will mark the death of Queen Elizabeth II, in line with the queen’s funeral in London, England.

Trudeau stated his intent to work with the provinces and territories to see that they are aligned with the federal holiday. 

In a statement released on September 14, the Premier’s Office announced that Monday will be a provincial day of mourning but will not be treated as a statutory holiday in Alberta. 

Albertans are invited to attend a memorial held at the Alberta Legislature grounds on Monday September 19, at 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. 

In a statement from Premier Jason Kenney, he invited Albertans to mourn the death of Queen Elizabeth II and encouraged employers and schools to accommodate the mourning. 

“Albertans, Canadians and the peoples of the Commonwealth will join together on this day in sorrow to mourn the death of Her late Majesty and to commemorate her long and faithful service,” the statement read.

“I sincerely hope that Albertans find some time on this day to honour the remarkable life of Queen Elizabeth II and I strongly encourage employers and schools to appropriately mark this sombre and historic occasion.”

Other provinces have also reacted to the federal announcement. Some provinces like British Columbia will follow the lead of the federal government by closing public schools, post-secondary institutions, and most crown corporations. Other provinces like Manitoba will be closing non-essential government services, while schools will remain open. 

Martin Bendico

Martin Bendico is the 2022 - 23 News Editor. Martin has a major in business economics and law and a minor in strategy, entrepreneurship, and management. He is also working towards a certificate in real estate and a certificate in innovation and entrepreneurship. In addition to news, Martin also covers sports, photojournalism, videography, and podcasting.

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