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04/28/2015 04:30 EDT | Updated 06/28/2015 01:12 EDT

Bill to make Nov. 11 'legal' holiday stalled in Parliament, unlikely to survive

OTTAWA - An NDP private member's bill meant to formally recognize Remembrance Day as a "legal" holiday appears to be dying a slow, silent death as the sun begins to set on the current session of Parliament.The Harper government recently asked for more time to study the straightforward, single-clause bill, which comes today before a second House of Commons committee.Ontario New Democrat MP Dan Harris, who introduced the proposed legislation, says it's highly unlikely the bill will make it through the House of Commons and the Senate before summer, when Parliament adjourns prior to a fall election.Harris accuses the Conservatives of tying up the bill by asking the veterans affairs committee to study the matter after the Commons heritage committee had already reviewed it.The committee will hear witnesses today, the vast majority of whom have already testified before the other all-party committee of MPs.Harris says a lot of people are under the misconception that the proposal means Nov. 11 will automatically become a statutory holiday across the country.Instead, he says the power will still rest with the provinces, six of which already consider it a paid holiday.