After a long, grey January – finally a long weekend is on the horizon.
B.C.’s newest stat holiday, Family day, is this Monday.
And while you’d think everyone is excited about that, you’d be wrong.
Meet Andrew Johns, a B.C. financial advisor who says he’s fighting to move Family Day – because it doesn’t sync up with the rest of the continent.
Out of sync
That’s because while B.C. family day is on the second Monday of the month, the rest of Canada (and the United States, for president’s day) take their holiday the following week.
To try and change this, Johns has launched a petition urging the B.C. government to shift the holiday to match the rest of the continent.
Johns says the idea struck him when he realized he was losing the day every year.
“It’s my job as a financial advisor to be here when markets are open. And unfortunately, while the banks and markets are closed, I have also clients here in British Columbia. And those clients will be expecting their financial advisor to pick up the phone. So in my case as many British Colombians have experienced, there won’t be any time for me to have with my family. And if that’s the spirit of family day, to bring as many British Columbians together with their family members, it to me doesn’t have any logic as to why we would have it on a different weekend as the rest of the country.”
But Johns says it’s not just people working in finance who are affected. He says the problem also touches mail carriers, couriers, small businesses, manufacturing…
“Basically anybody who is in a business or employment that has cross border commerce or involvement.”
He says those people usually end up working both Mondays – with neither ending up particularly productive.
And he says that has a real cost.
“The estimated number is far over $100 million of lost productivity. And in fact if you dial that down into actual taxes, tax revenue to the provincial government, my estimation is the government is losing $20 million of lost taxes.”
So far, about 16,000 people have signed on to Johns’ petition to move Family day to sync up with everyone else.