Re: Editorial titled Complaints on Family Day (Feb. 12)
What your piece does not say is that in 2012 when the government asked for public input on which Monday in February was preferred for the new holiday, onlyÂ 30,000 people in B.C. offered input.
That is less than one per cent of the population. It was that input, along with that of other stakeholders, that was used by government to select the day.
There is no question that the B.C. ski industry and other stakeholders conducted an effective campaign and lobby and they happened to be successful with their preference. But let's be clear, the ski industry did not decide on the day of the new holiday.
You make a point that the "anecdotal evidenceÂ is a lot of people don't think it makes sense to have our February holiday on aÂ different day than the rest of the continent." What anecdotal evidence?And while we are at it, let's talk about changing Thanksgiving and Canada Day too.
The government went through a process last year and got a very poor response from the public. Industry and other stakeholders had their say also, and based on all of the input a decision was made.
But because you might not like the choice, you would like government to go through a similar process again.Â What a waste of time and money.
By the way - did you take the time to get on the government website last year and express your preference and did you encourage you family and associates to do the same? Â I wonder how many of the current grumblers made the effort to express their views when they were asked to do so.