"I told British Columbians back in January or February that I would do this and my hope was that we would be able to do it for this coming year. But, since then, we've seen the economy deteriorate very significantly. No one predicted we would be where we are now internationally. So we are doing it for 2013 instead because it's my hope that, by then, the economy will have improved significantly." That's what Premier Christy Clark said yesterday when asked about business community concerns surrounding her promise to create a Family Day holiday starting on February 19, 2013. But Ms. Clark is incorrect when she claims no one could have predicted an economic downturn when she first made that promise during her campaign for the Liberal leadership.
In fact, a month before that announcement, a United Nation report stated the world economic outlook for 2011 was "shrouded in great uncertainty and serious downside risks remain." Indeed, it warned "Europe could well see a double-dip recession, while the economies of the United States and Japan might virtually stagnate and possibly also fall back into recession in 2011."