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20-02-2009, 10:46 AM
Edmonton politician to propose National Hockey Day

Linda Duncan will table private member's bill in House of Commons

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Family Day. Hockey Day in Canada. And now, National Hockey Day?
Far from a done deal, it would fall around the same time as the aforementioned days, but would not be a statutory holiday.
So says Linda Duncan, who won the riding of Edmonton-Strathcona for the NDP in last October's federal election. She plans to table a private member's bill in the House of Commons Monday to have the third Friday in February declared National Hockey Day.
"In a time of recession and depression, why not a little good news?" she told the Globe and Mail in explaining the purpose of National Hockey Day.
Duncan was expected to announce her intentions at Vimy Ridge Academy on Friday, an Edmonton school with a hockey team comprised of girls and boys.
"I'm not adverse to it becoming a national holiday," she said.
'Unifying force'

Canada already recognizes Flag Day on Feb. 15, while Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Manitoba and Prince Edward Island celebrate holidays in February.
Professional hockey would not be the focus of National Hockey Day, but rather the national game as a significant cultural force in communities.
"Hockey has served as a unifying force throughout our history and it is a significant facet of our national identity," Duncan told the Globe.
Upon tabling her private member's bill, Duncan would need someone to second the bill or it will vanish.
Private member's bills usually don't pass, but former Hamilton-Wentworth MP Sean O'Sullivan proposed declaring the beaver as a "symbol of the sovereignty of the Dominion of Canada" in 1975. Conservative leader Joe Clark seconded the bill and it was passed.


I think Linda Duncan has far more important business to be dealing with than this. Your views...

moahunter
21-02-2009, 10:28 AM
This might make sense on trade deadline day. A lot of people don't work then anyway - I am sure productivity plummets.

Jimbo
21-02-2009, 11:20 AM
Edmonton politician to propose National Hockey Day

Linda Duncan will table private member's bill in House of Commons...
I think Linda Duncan has far more important business to be dealing with than this. Your views...

Couldn't agree more with you Susan. I thought this was a joke. I guess it is, in a way, but the joke's on us.

She's not averse to it becoming a national holiday? Nutty idea.

Sonic Death Monkey
21-02-2009, 01:11 PM
^ It is a politically astute move though. It's an obvious attempt to boost the NDP's popularity in the eyes of Joe and Jane Hockey-Parent that can succeed or fail.

It could succeed because of this country's obsession with hockey.

It can fail like Kevin Taft's desperate and laughable attempt with trying get rodeo declared as the official sport of Alberta (he looked so uncomfortable dressed as a cowboy).

The_Cat
21-02-2009, 02:50 PM
I think Hockey Day in Canada is enough of a celebration for hockey.

Barry N
21-02-2009, 04:23 PM
Wait......

Ah wait.......

What ???

I thought you said Hookey Day ;-)

soycd
22-02-2009, 12:03 AM
I think Hockey Day in Canada is enough of a celebration for hockey.

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