How did B.C. Day come to be a holiday? Why are the Parliament
Buildings called the Parliament Buildings and not the Legislative
Buildings? Please see below for answers.
How did B.C. Day come to be a holiday?
The British Columbia Day Act, R.S.B.C. 1996 c.34 was first
introduced in 1974 as Bill 61 by the
Hon. Ernie Hall, the Provincial Secretary under Premier Dave Barrett.
The explanatory notes prefacing the bill states: "The purposes
of this Bill is to recognize the pioneers of British Columbia
by declaring the first Monday of August in each year to be a public
holiday known as British Columbia Day."
From the B.C.
Debates, 4th Session, 30th Parliament, May 1, 1974, the Hon. Hall
states, "August 1, or the closest working day to it, is a
statutory holiday in every other province in Canada. By coincidence,
an Act to provide to the Government of British Columbia, which
changed us from the Colony of British Columbia, was passed by
Parliament in the United Kingdom on August 2, 1858....
that British Columbia, like every other province could benefit
and should have a holiday around August 1. We feel that the holiday
should be dedicated to the pioneers who built the colony of British
Columbia into the great province it is today..."
2. Why should the Parliament Buildings be called the Parliament
Buildings and not the Legislative Buildings?
Buildings is the term used in the statutes authorizing the construction
of these buildings, e.g., Parliament Buildings Construction
Act, 1893 and Parliament Buildings Equipment Act, 1897.
Buildings Construction Act authorized the erection of the
new buildings for the accommodation of the Legislature and the
several departments of the Public Service. The Parliament Buildings
Equipment Act authorized the borrowing of monies for the completion,
equipping, and furnishing of the buildings directed to be built
pursuant to the provisions of the Parliament Buildings Construction
It is also
currently referred to in the Legislative Assembly Management
Committee Act (RSBC 1996) Chapter 258, sec. 1 Definitions
1. In this Act:
(a) the Parliament Buildings,
legislative grounds and Confederation Garden Park,
buildings in Victoria or parts of them that are from time to time
occupied and used by members of the Legislative Assembly for the
purpose of their parliamentary duties including any premises from
time to time occupied by officers and staff of the Legislative
land or buildings or both, other than constituency offices, designated
by minute of the committee;
An 1981 memo
kept in the Legislative library reference file, Parliament Buildings
(Victoria, B.C.), says in part:
"in Alberta, Manitoba, New Brunswick, and Saskatchewan,
the buildings are described as Legislature Buildings, in Ontario,
the term Parliament Buildings and Legislative Buildings are used.
In Quebec the term Edifice Parlimentaire; in Nova Scotia and Prince
Edward Island, the term "Province House", and in Newfoundland,
we find the term "Confederation Building" is used."