Public input meetings will be held on Bill 203 – the Alberta Standard Time Act – and there is a Grande Prairie meeting next month.
Graham Sucha, MLA for Calgary-Shaw and Chair of the Standing Committee on Alberta’s Economic Future, says they felt it is very important to ensure that northern Alberta and specifically the Grande Prairie economic region had a voice on this matter.
“One of the things that was outlined from some of the committee members was that they are aware that Grande Prairie does a significant amount of trade with the B.C. border, and the northern B.C. region. We thought that it was prudent that we come there to talk about inter-provincial trade and speak with stakeholders in relation to that.”
“We received over 14,000 submissions from Albertans on this matter. It broke a record for number of submissions that a committee has ever received,” Sucha added. “There’s concerns from businesses in relation to how it would impact them, to some businesses who think it would have a positive impact. We’ve heard from ordinary citizens concerned about sleep patterns for children, to concerns from healthcare providers and senior providers about the change in the time zone impacting their clients and patients.”
Out of the 14,000 submissions; 74 per cent of people were in favour of eliminating Daylight Saving Time, 25 per cent were opposed and one per cent were undecided.
Grande Prairie’s public meeting is Friday September 8 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Sandman Hotel.
The committee will report back to the legislature on October 4.
With files from Sheena Roszell