There is quite a history behind why we celebrate Labour Day; but, so as not to bore you, here is the short version. In 1872, when unions were still illegal in Canada, workers went on strike campaigning for better working conditions, specifically shortening arduous 58 hour work weeks. During demonstrations, frustrated employers had strike leaders arrested. Seven unions marched in Ottawa in protest of these “barbarous” anti-union laws. Seeing his advantage in siding with the workers prompted the Prime Minister, Sir John A. MacDonald, to repeal the laws and a year later Parliament passed the Trade Union Act. In 1894, the Canadian government made the first Monday in September an official holiday.
Not all Canadians know the history behind Labour Day, but most Canadians do know it as both the last long weekend of the summer, and the unofficial end to summer. So, enjoy this last little bit of freedom with family and friends before everyone heads back to the grind of school and work routines.
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“It is Labour indeed that puts the difference on everything…” – John Locke
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