Private member’s bill to scrap Daylight Saving Time rejected by committee
Published Tuesday, September 19, 2017 12:27PM MDT
Last Updated Tuesday, September 19, 2017 7:14PM MDT
A private member’s bill that would see the end of Daylight Saving Time in Alberta, tabled by an NDP MLA earlier this year, was rejected by an all-party legislature committee Tuesday morning.
The committee said despite the bill’s health merits, it would have too much of an impact on the province’s economy - the committee voted unanimously against it.
The bill was tabled by MLA Thomas Dang earlier in 2017, it would see the end of twice-yearly time change.
The five member committee heard from Westjet, and the province’s two NHL teams. The airline said eliminating the change would lead to economic losses, and the Oilers and Flames were concerned about late start times.
The province has consulted with Albertans on the issue, and found people were divided – last week, officials said holding a referendum on the time change would cost the province millions of dollars.
With files from The Canadian Press