Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Monday, Sept. 19 will be a federal holiday and a day of mourning as Queen Elizabeth II is buried in the U.K.
“We will be working with the provinces and the territories to try and see that we’re aligned on this,” Trudeau said at a news conference in New Brunswick Tuesday. “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.”
“So for our part, we will be letting federal employees know that Monday will be a day of mourning,” he added.
Trudeau said the federal government has been in discussions with the government of the United Kingdom and Opposition leaders’ offices to sort out who will make up the delegation of Canadian officials travelling to the Queen’s funeral.
Other Commonwealth countries have already announced holidays to commemorate the Queen’s passing: the United Kingdom will have a bank holiday Monday for the funeral, marking the final day of the 10 days of mourning, and Australia and New Zealand will have public holidays on Sept. 22 and 26 respectively.
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