Canada makes Queen’s funeral day a holiday for fed employees

Queen Elizabeth is shown at her Platinum Jubilee celebration in this undated photo.
Queen Elizabeth is shown at her Platinum Jubilee celebration in this undated photo.(The Royal Family / Twitter)
Published: Sep. 14, 2022 at 12:19 PM EDT
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TORONTO (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Sept. 19 will be a holiday so that federal employees can mourn Queen Elizabeth II on the day of her state funeral.

Trudeau also said he’s working with the provinces on a possible public holiday for other workers but Canada’s two most populous provinces declined to make it a holiday.

The late queen was the head of state for 45% of Canada’s existence and visited the country 22 times as monarch.

Though Canadians are somewhat indifferent to the monarchy, many had great affection for Elizabeth, whose silhouette marks their coins.

Overall, the antiroyal movement in Canada is minuscule, meaning that Charles will almost certainly remain king of Canada.