May 24, 1819 – exactly two centuries ago – saw the birth of Queen Victoria, future “Mother of Confederation.” Victoria Day was first celebrated in 1845 and is Canada’s oldest non-religious public holiday.
Over time, Victoria Day has become the unofficial start of summer for winter-weary Canadians.
It’s been a tough winter for us at OPSEU as we live through the challenging times that Doug Ford’s government has pushed on us.
We have a lot of work ahead of us through the summer and beyond. There will be setbacks – but also victories.
However, we hope you can put all of that aside this long weekend and enjoy a good time with family and friends.
Happy Victoria Day!
Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President of OPSEU
Eduardo (Eddy) Almeida, OPSEU First Vice-President/Treasurer