MPP pushes for holiday

A Progressive Conservative member of the Ontario legislature is calling for Remembrance Day to be made a statutory holiday in the province.

A Progressive Conservative member of the Ontario legislature is calling for Remembrance Day to be made a statutory holiday in the province.

Nepean-Carleton member Lisa MacLeod says making Nov. 11 a statutory holiday would recognize the sacrifices of those who have given their lives in military service. Ontario is one of the few provinces and territories that doesn’t recognize Remembrance Day as a statutory holiday.

NDP leader Andrea Horwath says her party has consulted with the Canadian Legion in Ontario and the veterans' group is opposed to making Nov. 11 a statutory holiday.

“They think it’s important to have particularly young people in school to observe Remembrance Day on Nov. 11,” Horwath said.