The first Monday of September in Canada is known as Labour Day. This day was originally used to campaign for workers’ rights. Labour day was originally granted by Primeminister John Thompson, as a way to appease the growing labour movement by giving workers a day off. John Thompson incidentally was the first Catholic Primeminister of Canada, and at a time when Protestants dominated all venues of power.
While this still occurs, most Canadians see this long weekend as a chance to relax or take one last short summer trip. Students will take this opportunity to enjoy themselves before school starts again in the fall. Many businesses and organizations will be closed on Labour Day.