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Old September 7th, 2014, 12:23   #19
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Default Canadian National Holidays, Origin and use.

Originally Posted by romad View Post
Interesting that Canada has a day to honor a political party of the Mother Country.

Ok, well, depending on where you are located, "Mother Country", may mean different things.

In the Lower (vs a vis the Perspective from the Ocean, up the St. Laurence River) region of the former "Lower Canada" portions of "kay-beck", the "Mother Country" would be from the explorers that sailed from France in 1534.

Britain and France w/Spain signed a treaty in 1763 that ceded the former colonies in the Americas to England.

So began the expansion from the "Mother Country" of "England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland to the region that was called "Upper Canada", and were offered parcels of land for just "working" the land, and selling the crops, forests, beaver pelts, etc., in trade.

Because of the spelling of the cumulative amount of effort involved in these activities, that sum is called "Labour" collectively (instead of Labor(US).

from the segment in Wikipedia [1]

Labour Day (French: Fête du Travail) has been celebrated on the first Monday in September in Canada since the 1880s. The origins of Labour Day in Canada can be traced back to December 1872 when a parade was staged in support of the Toronto Typographical Union's strike for a 58-hour work-week.[5] The Toronto Trades Assembly (TTA) called its 27 unions to demonstrate in support of the Typographical Union who had been on strike since March 25.[5] George Brown, Canadian politician and editor of the Toronto Globe hit back at his striking employees, pressing police to charge the Typographical Union with "conspiracy."[5] Although the laws criminalising union activity were outdated and had already been abolished in Great Britain, they were still on the books in Canada and police arrested 24 leaders of the Typographical Union. Labour leaders decided to call another similar demonstration on September 3 to protest the arrests. Seven unions marched in Ottawa, prompting a promise by Canadian Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald to repeal the "barbarous" anti-union laws.[5] Parliament passed the Trade Union Act on June 14 the following year, and soon all unions were seeking a 54-hour work-week.
So, as you can see, it has very little to do with the "Labour Party(UK)" other than its formation was as a result of the effects of actions by the Owners of Wealth in the land trying to impose "His/Her Majesties' wil" over the people who actually cut the logs, and built the homes and machines that we use today[IMHO].

From Wikipedia again:

Labour Day is an annual holiday to celebrate the achievements of workers.

Title: Labour Day parade, Yonge Street north of Shuter Street
Date: after 1900,
Archive: City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1568; Alexander W. Galbraith fonds


[2] ; retrieved 2014-09-07

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