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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on 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 counties on a possible public holiday for other workers. The counties have authority over this.
“Announcing an opportunity for Canadians to mourn on Monday would be important,” Trudeau said. “For our part, we will tell federal employees that Monday will be a day of mourning as they will not be working.”
The late Queen was head of state for 45% of Canada’s presence and visited the country 22 times as Queen.
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However, Quebec Premier Francois Legault told reporters on Tuesday that Monday would be a day of remembrance, but not a public holiday in the French-speaking province.
Monday’s Canadian memorial service includes a parade, a flying parade, and a church service in Ottawa that will be broadcast nationwide.
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King Charles III was officially proclaimed King of Canada on Saturday at a ceremony in Ottawa attended by Trudeau and Governor-General Mary Simon, representing the British monarch as head of state, a ceremonial and mostly symbolic position.
Both Trudeau and the leader of the new opposition Conservative Party, Pierre Poilevry of Canada, have both expressed their support for Charles.
Although Canadians are somewhat indifferent to the monarchy, many have great affection for Elizabeth, whose silhouette is their coins.
In general, the anti-monarchical movement in Canada is quite small, which means that Charles will almost certainly remain king of the country. Abolishing the monarchy means changing the constitution. This is an inherently risky task, given how carefully it has been engineered to unite a nation of 37 million that includes English-speakers, French-speakers, indigenous people, and the constant influx of new immigrants.
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Trudeau said Canadians are preoccupied with big issues like inflation and climate change, not constitutional issues.