BC Premier John Horgan would like the Daylight Saving Time (DST) change this Sunday to be the last time the province has to adjust its clocks.
Horgan made the comments during a press conference on Friday, after being asked where BC is at in this process.
In his answer, he noted that the province has already amended its laws through legislation introduced in late 2019, “so we can do that right away.”
However, the process is not as straightforward as some would like to believe – largely due to decisions and processes immediately state-side.
“We believe … we should be in line with our southern partners,” said Horgan. “We have such extraordinary economic relationships to the south … that we need to be on the same wavelength.”
The premier said he understands the desire to do away with the twice-a-year time changes, but he also knows “there will be an economic impact to moving in advance of our southern neighbours.”
He noted that before states like Washington, Oregon, and California can make a decision like this, they have to get congressional approval.
“The Canadian ambassador understands our position, and she’s working with the congressional delegations from the three western states, and I’m hopeful we’ll be able to make progress before the fall,” he added.
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There are already some local areas in BC’s North and Kootenay regions that remain on Mountain Time, as they have done for decades. Last year, the Yukon made the change permanent as well.
For the rest of BC, however, the time will once again jump forward by one hour this Sunday, March 14, starting at 2 am, making the mornings darker, earlier and night time lighter, later.