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A June 6-0 – let’s celebrate, Canada

- June 11th, 2012
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Queen Elizabeth's 60 years on the throne needs to be celebrated by Canadians with a national holiday (and day off) in June. She's seen here on June 6 after visiting Prince Philip in the hospital. He has since been released. (Photo: Neil Hall/REUTERS)

As we come off celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee, I feel like it’s time to start talking about what we can do to mark this amazing occasion in the future.

The only other Queen to mark 60 years on the throne — Queen Victoria — is honoured here in Canada with a day off in May (known to most as the May 2-4). It’s her birthday, and it was celebrated while she was our monarch. But for Canadians who often feel overworked, the day off and the unofficial start to summer, is always welcome.

Queen Elizabeth deserves no less.

I propose Canada should mark the Queen’s 60 years with a day off. As she celebrated the big occasion on the first weekend in June – with Brits getting the Monday AND Tuesday off – that’s what Canada should do next year, on the 60th anniversary of her coronation (she became Queen a year earlier when her father died).

Canadians would appreciate a day off in June – the only summer month where we don’t have one – and no doubt, we’d be singing “Cheers!” to the Queen for years to come around campfires, at BBQs, or just sitting in front of the television for an extra day.

We could dub it the June 6-0 (2-4 for beers, 6-0 for a 60 of Canadian whiskey and, of course, 60 years on the throne).

I don’t think this needs to wait until Queen Elizabeth surpasses Queen Victoria’s 63 years on the throne (and I have no doubt our current Queen will do this). We should get on this now, so we can celebrate next summer.