VICTORIA: The provincial legislature has adopted New
Democrat labour critic Harry Bains’ recommendation to formally
mark the annual Day of Mourning to honour British Columbians
who have lost their lives on the worksite.
“Earlier this week, I approached both Speaker Linda Reid and the
government and Opposition house leaders about having the B.C.
legislature take part in the annual Day of Mourning, held April
28th. Specifically, I recommended that legislators from all parties
observe this day of remembrance with a moment of silence in
the chambers, and by agreeing to fly the provincial flag on the
legislature grounds at half mast,” said Bains.
Bains made the request in a formal letter earlier this week.
Currently the day of mourning, also called the worker’s memorial,
is observed in more than 80 countries around the world. In British
Columbia, on average, 140 workers a year die