Around 40-50 people attended public meetings in Grande Prairie on Friday to discuss the proposed Alberta Standard Time Act.
Also known as Bill 203 – it proposes to remove both the spring and fall time changes in our province.
Graham Sucha, chair of the Standing Committee on Alberta’s Economic Future and MLA for Calgary-Shaw, says it was a very constructive day of discussion.
He adds it was great to hear multiple perspectives from local stakeholders.
“We heard from many of the economic drivers, and we heard multiple perspectives on what implications doing away with the daylight savings and the time change would have on businesses and individuals throughout your community.”
Sucha admits input provided at the meeting was very divided.
“The Chamber of Commerce outlined that of their members that they surveyed, one-third thought that we need to do Mountain Daylight Time, another one-third thought we should go to Mountain Standard time, and the other one-third thought we should continue to do the time change.”
Another hot topic was the impact it could have on business with communities in the BC Peace, who do not change their time throughout the year.
Sucha was very happy to hear from residents as to how any changes could impact their day-to-day lives.
The hearings move onto Edmonton on Tuesday, Calgary on Thursday and Lethbridge on Friday.
The committee must report back to the legislature with their recommendations by October 4th.