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Family Day versus Heritage Day

Wayne Carew's last minute announcement on creating a holiday in February called Family Day was a bit of a slap on the face to all the effort that has gone into celebrating Heritage Day on this Island for the last twenty-five years. Didn't someone on the Liberal team not remember? Begun as an initiation of Heritage Canada in 1975, the third Monday in February has grown to become an important annual event ... so much so that on this Island it is called Heritage Week with celebrations from one end of the Island to the other. It seems peculiar that the politicians of this land do not recognize how the roots of their people and the landscape that has been shaped over the years is one of our most distinctive tools to build pride and spirit - and to share with friends who come to visit. Family is heritage and with a little thoughtfulness Mr. Carew could have tied them together. Pierre Berton as Heritage Canada Chairman tried very hard with his strong Canadian profile to create a holiday on the 3rd Monday of February and failed, but it hasn't stopped the celebrating.

Written Thursday, April 13, 2000 at 12:37 AM

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