Is September 19 a Public Holiday
in New Brunswick?
On September 13, 2022 the Prime Minister of Canada announced that September 19 will be a public holiday to mourn the passing of her late majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
"We have ... chosen to move forward with a federal holiday on Monday [Sept. 19]," Trudeau said in New Brunswick, where he is attending a Liberal caucus retreat.
"We will be working with the provinces and the territories to try and see that we're aligned on this. There are still a few details to be worked out, but declaring an opportunity for Canadians to mourn on Monday is going to be important."
The federal Interpretation Act states that a holiday includes "any day appointed by proclamation to be observed as a day of general prayer or mourning or day of public rejoicing or thanksgiving;"
Similarly the Bills of Exchange Act for the purposes of bill payments states that under subsection 42(a)(iii):
New Brunswick Holidays
Other New Brunswick and other provinces through their press releases seem to imply that it is in fact a National Day of Mourning and a Public Holiday:
British Columbia: Our government will follow the lead of the federal government and join with other provinces in observing the national day of mourning to mark the Queen’s funeral.
“The national holiday will be observed Monday, Sept. 19 by federal employees. We have advised provincial public-sector employers to honour this day in recognition of the obligations around federal holidays in the vast majority of provincial collective agreements.
In New Brunswick, the provincial press release also seems to interpret September 19 as a National Day of Mourning by federal proclamation:
FREDERICTON (GNB) – Government offices and schools in New Brunswick will be closed on Monday, Sept. 19, as part of the National Day of Mourning for the passing of the Queen.This one-time provincial and national holiday is intended to honour the Queen and pay respect to her life of service to Canada and to the Commonwealth of Nations on the day of her funeral.The day will be treated as any other holiday for management and non-union employees in Parts I, II and III of the provincial public service. This includes central government departments and agencies, as well as the anglophone and francophone public school systems. Collective agreement terms and conditions for holidays will apply to unionized employees in Parts I, II and III. While government offices and public schools will be closed, this holiday will be optional for private sector businesses and employers.