Most Albertans want to abolish season time changes: survey

It’s time to set your clocks ahead an hour this Sunday, March 8. Postmedia Archives

Most Albertans are sick of springing forward and falling back each year, according to an online government survey.

The survey, conducted by Service Alberta in November, revealed that 91 per cent of 141,000 respondents want to scrap seasonal time changes and move to daylight saving time — the time observed during summer months — year-round.

But the UCP government isn’t yet committing to sticking with DST all year.

“With a decision about time zones, we must consider what our partners from other jurisdictions are doing and avoid taking actions that would leave Alberta out of sync with our neighbours,” said Service Alberta Minister Nate Glubish in a government release.

“As part of that process, we are continuing to have conversations with key organizations and members of the business community.”

The announcement comes as Albertans prepare to set their clocks ahead one hour this weekend, as DST resumes on March 8.

Speaking in Morinville Friday, Premier Jason Kenney said he was in favour of the idea of doing away with season time changes, particularly as other jurisdictions move to do the same thing. Yukon, for instance, will change its clocks for a final time this weekend before moving to permanent DST.

“I do note that British Columbia has gone in that direction on the west side of Alberta, and Saskatchewan has always stayed with one clock on the east side. Yukon just announced they are going to stick with one clock year-round. I understand California is going in that direction and possibly the other northwest states,” Kenney said.

“I think its becoming more and more obvious that our whole region in North America is shifting more and more in that direction. I personally support the idea, but we’re going to complete our consultations before making a final decision.”

Glubish also said that the province is reaching out to Eastern Canada provinces to look into moving away from time changes in unison.

—With files from Lisa Johnson

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