Queen Elizabeth funeral: Canadians have mixed reaction to federal holiday, days before National Day of Truth and Reconciliation

·Editor, Yahoo News Canada
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Canada is set to mark the death of Queen Elizabeth II with a national day of mourning on September 19, 2022 - the day of the monarch's funeral.

PM Justin Trudeau said it was 'important' for Canadians to mourn for the late Queen. Discussions are occurring with provinces, but unless provinces agree, only federal workers will receive a day off.

"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," Trudeau said from a Liberal caucus retreat in New Brunswick.

Both New Zealand and Australia have declared that they will hold one-time-only national holidays to mark the occasion.

New Zealand announced that it will have its "Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Day" holiday on Sept. 26. Australia said it will hold its one-off national holiday on Sept. 22.

While some think it would be a "sign of respect for the Queen", others think the costs are too high for declaring such a bank holiday. Canadians, in particular, have also highlighted the paradox of marking a holiday for a symbol of 'genocidal colonialism', when 11 days later the country will mark the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to mark the tragic history of violence against Indigenous Peoples.

Here are some public reactions in Canada to the news of a holiday for the Queen:

Around the world, the same mixed feelings for the holiday surfaced: