Most Canadians want Remembrance Day as national holiday

A new poll out today suggests most Canadians want Remembrance Day to become a national statutory holiday.

Eighty-five per cent of those asked in the survey done for the Historica-Dominion Institute say they want to see November 11th take its proper place on the calendar. But there are compelling arguments against such a move.

“There’s also a significant number of people who say they don’t like that, simply because they think it’s important to maintain the ceremony of stopping everything at 11 o’clock,” says Anthony Wilson-Smith, president of the Historica-Dominion Institute.

The research also finds Canadians are showing a growing interest in Remembrance Day as a younger generation of veterans come back from serving in places like Afghanistan.

“We have a lot of young veterans in their thirties and sometimes even their twenties who are out there, who are living, so it’s very much in the here and now,” he adds.

The poll finds almost three quarters of Canadians think the War of 1812 should be commemorated on Remembrance Day.

Six in 10 Canadians feel Canada does not do enough to honour its veterans. A majority also think other countries do more to honour their veterans than Canada.