Committee rejects bill that proposed ditching Alberta time change

Committee rejects bill that proposed ditching Alberta time change”

Despite an all-party committee - made up mostly of NDP members - recommending unanimously that daylight saving time remain in Alberta, Premier Rachel Notley said the idea isn't dead.

Notley said most Albertans appear to be in favour of dumping the twice-yearly time change. Quite honestly, for a leg committee to get as many responses as that committee did shows that Albertans actually have a vested interest in this and seem to care about this matter a great deal.

"I look forward to people raising their concerns during the debate in the legislature and Albertans continuing to make their views known", she said.

The committee had conducted surveys and hearings on NDP MLA Thomas Dang's private member's bill, which would have put Alberta on the same time as Saskatchewan year-round and two hours ahead of British Columbia.

The five member committee heard from Westjet, and the province's two National Hockey League teams.

WestJet told the committee that eliminating the time change would lead to economic losses.

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. "That opportunity now exists on a nationwide scale, and I'm really looking forward to that conversation".

"We do have to work with the other jurisdictions in Canada, we've heard that from many of our stakeholders, doing it unilaterally would not benefit Alberta the way we hope it would", he said. "And just see where this conversation takes us, and where Canadians want to go with this conversation".

He said he understands that in the United States as many half of the states are now looking at legislation to end daylight time.

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