TORONTO - An Opposition member of the Ontario legislature wants Remembrance Day declared a statutory holiday.

Progressive Conservative Lisa MacLeod will introduce a private member's bill to designate November 11 as a holiday.

She says it's time Ontario recognized Remembrance Day as a holiday, noting 34 per cent of Canada's war dead in Afghanistan called the province home.

The bill would also require every school in Ontario to hold a Remembrance Day service on the last day of classes before November 11.

MacLeod says Remembrance Day would replace Ontario's three-year-old "Family Day" holiday in February.

There are two separate Facebook groups with hundreds of thousands of members calling for Remembrance Day to be declared a statutory holiday in Ontario.