Such a waste of time and money over this useless bill for what purpose? To keep Mr. Dang out in the media? We need to send these MLAs packing in the next provincial election. It's hard to believe these dumb projects on our dollar for no purpose other than political prepping of resumes for the next election. Waste of time and money.
These make work projects for MLAs are a waste of government and legislature time and money. I see no reason for this bill when other more urgent work is before the government of Alberta. It's troubling that the NDP MLAs don't know their hands from their feet and can't put their minds on the issues of importance such as the over 1,000 dead kids in the child welfare system or the seniors/handicapped folks in the continuing care system. Has Mr. Dang ever looked at pollution problems caused by the oil and gas industry? Has he ever considered the problems of water use by the industry? Why is he farting around with dumb projects like ending daylight saving time when he could be doing real work? It's mind boggling to me that they dedicate staff to this junk and then pretend this is a real issue. It is not.
Thousands of Albertans say 'Yes' to scrapping daylight saving time
Published on: August 8, 2017 | Last Updated: August 8, 2017 6:39 PM MDT
Albertans want to see daylight saving time gone. ELISE AMENDOLA / AP
Nearly 13,600 Albertans have weighed in on a bill to kill daylight saving time, and the vast majority want it dead.
But 3,000 Albertans — along with officials at the Edmonton Oilers and WestJet Airlines — told government they’re not convinced.
For months, a legislative committee has been consulting on Bill 203, which would permanently set clocks to Alberta standard time (in line with the province’s usual summer time zone).
Truckloads of Albertans gave their two cents worth via letter, fax and online survey, with 74 per cent giving Bill 203 the thumbs up and 24 per cent saying “No.” The rest were undecided.
Public submissions closed July 28, but the committee tasked with gathering feedback isn’t content with dusting off its hands and making recommendations just yet.
On Tuesday, it formed a subcommittee to travel the province and gather more public input, including scheduling a date for oral presentations.
Planes and pucks
For Oilers fans, the change means less access to hockey and a potential knock to revenues, the club’s communications vice-president, Tim Shipton, told the Journal.
Shipton said the Oilers had a good meeting with Thomas Dang, the NDP MLA for Edmonton-South West who introduced Bill 203, but his team and the Calgary Flames are in the same boat.
“Canada is a rabid hockey market, so fans are always trying to tune in to not only Oilers hockey but some of the marquee matchups taking place across the NHL,” Shipton said.
“Late starts create even later finishes … so it creates some concerns relating to the access to hockey, particularly for young fans.”
WestJet also opposes Bill 203, saying it will hurt plans to transform Calgary into a global aviation hub.
In winter, for example, neighbouring British Columbia will be two time zones away. When it changes back to standard time on Nov. 5, scheduled departure times change too — pushing early morning departures to 5 a.m. from 6 a.m.
Such early departures are unappealing to most travellers, airline vice-president Mike McNaney wrote in a submission, and many may choose alternate routes, bypassing Alberta to get to their final destination.
A broad swath of stakeholders weighed in on the future of daylight saving time, including the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees, the Islamic Centre University, northern Indigenous and Métis communities and chambers of commerce.
The flood of feedback overwhelmed Legislative Assembly Office research services, dwarfing the previous record of 400 responses sent to any committee.
Research officer Sarah Amato said Tuesday the office received up to 2,500 responses per week.
The survey allowed Albertans to simply answer “Yes,” “No” or “Undecided,” but about 70 per cent of respondents also gave an explanation for their reasoning.
The vast majority of submissions were from Calgary, followed by Edmonton, Lethbridge and Medicine Hat, but only a handful came from individuals north of Fort McMurray.
The committee must complete its report by Oct. 4.