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 havingĀ the B.C.

legislature take part in the annual Day of Mourning, heldĀ 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