Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declared on Tuesday that September 19 will be a public holiday so that federal government employees can mourn Queen Elizabeth II on the day of her state funeral.
Trudeau also said he is working with the provinces on a possible vacation for other employees. The provinces are competent in this.
“Giving Canadians a chance to grieve on Monday will be important,” Trudeau said. “For our part, we will let federal government employees know that Monday will be a day of mourning when they will not be working.”
The late Queen was head of state for 45% of Canada’s existence and visited the country 22 times as monarch.
However, Quebec Premier François Legault told reporters on Tuesday that Monday would be a day of remembrance, but not a holiday in the French-speaking province.
Canadian memorial ceremonies taking place Monday will include a parade, flypast and religious service in Ottawa that will be televised nationwide.
King Charles III was formally proclaimed monarch of Canada on Saturday at a ceremony in Ottawa attended by Trudeau and Governor General Mary Simon, the British monarch’s deputy as head of state, a position primarily ceremonial and symbolic in nature.
Both Trudeau and the new leader of the conservative opposition party, Pierre Poilièvre, have expressed their support for Carlos.
While Canadians are somewhat indifferent to the monarchy, many loved the figure of Queen Elizabeth, whose silhouette appears on their coins.
In general, the anti-monarchy movement in Canada is minimal, so it is almost certain that Charles will remain king of the country.