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Letter: Time to leave Orangeman’s Day in the past?

Battle of the Boyne between James II and William III, 12 July 1690, by Jan van Huchtenburg
Battle of the Boyne between James II and William III, 12 July 1690, by Jan van Huchtenburg

Isn’t it about time the Orangeman’s Day Holiday was put to bed?

What are we celebrating but a sectarian relic of times past. Even its name reeks of the days of mindless gender inequality. Who gets the holiday? Government workers, municipal and provincial (male and female, alike). Why doesn’t everyone get a holiday?

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Because business wouldn’t stand for it. Neither should we, the general public, the taxpaying portion of whom are docked for it.

Let’s celebrate the too brief and greatly treasured time in our province — summer — and the several legislated holidays that are a part of it. Celebration will be greater and more forward thinking when we ditch Orangeman’s.

Bob Oxley
St. John’s

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