BC Premier plans to introduce Daylight Saving Time legislation this fall

Oct 1 2019, 5:01 pm

After more thanĀ 220,000 people took part in a province-wide survey on the subject over the summer, BC Premier John Horgan appears ready to introduce legislation around the subject of Daylight Saving Time this fall.

Visiting the Yukon this week, Horgan hinted that the subject had come up in conversation, and that it was an ongoing topic of discussion.

During the survey, the province also received 13 submissions from individuals, organizations, and industry experts, which gave additional insights on how a decision could impact their lives and professions.

ā€œItā€™s clear that the people of BC welcomed the opportunity to provide input on this important issue,ā€ said Horgan following the close of the survey. ā€œDaylight saving time is a practice that impacts everyone, and Iā€™m pleased so many people took the time to share their views about the best direction for our province moving forward.ā€

However, Horgan also said he didn’t want to commit to changing anything before discussing the subject with his counterparts in the US, such as Oregon, Washington, and California ā€“ three states all in favour of making the change.

The move is a shift from the premier’s stance in 2018, when he said heĀ saidĀ he had ā€œno plansā€ to get rid of Daylight Saving Time, but noted he had also received ā€œliterally thousandsā€ of letters on the topic.

According to a report from BC Hydro, the majority of British ColumbiansĀ are uncertainĀ about the purpose of Daylight Saving Time.

Horgan is scheduled to travelĀ  to Washington state at the end of this week, and Daily Hive has reached out to Horgan’s office for further comment.

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