Victoria Day in “The Great White North”

May 19, 2008

On this Victoria Day weekend, it was great to have the sun and to spend some time with family. I met with some of my aunts, uncles and cousins from Victoria, Kamloops, Penticton, Cariboo, and Seattle. It was nice to catch up.

I wondered how the rest of Canada would be celebrating Victoria Day and found that in Quebec, it’s not even called Victoria Day, it’s the Journée nationale des patriotes – commemorating the patriots of the 1837 Lower Canada Rebellion. And in some parts of Canada, Victoria Day is known as May Two-Four because the holiday is on the Monday before (or on) May 24 and two-four is slang for a case (24 bottles) of beer which many people imbibe on a holiday weekend.

And for your two-four and other alcoholic purchases please remember to shop public* – and support our BCGEU sisters and brothers who work in public (government) liquor stores. Privatization isn’t good for consumers or communities.

*Shop Public is the name of a BCGEU Component 5 (Retail , Stores and Warehouse) campaign.

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