Saskatchewan abandons Daylight Savings Time referendum
The Brad Wall government will not be spending any time pursuing a vote on whether Saskatchewan residents are in favour of Daylight Savings Time.
The provincial government notes that opinion polls show strong opposition to time change, resulting in a decision not to hold a referendum question on the issue in conjunction with this fall’s provincial election. The SaskParty had pledged during the 2007 provincial election campaign to hold a referendum on the issue.
Saskatchewan will remain the only province that does not adjust their clocks when Daylight Savings Time occurs in the spring. This year’s time change will occur on Sunday.
In a press release on Thursday, Municipal Affairs Minister Darryl Hickie said the overwhelming support for keeping Saskatchewan’s time as is has prompted the government to halt their plans to present the question through a costly referendum.
The Ministry of Municipal Affairs commissioned a poll back in January, with twothirds of those contacted opposing the idea of switching to Daylight Savings Time. The poll shows 27 per cent in favour of the time change, while seven per cent did not express an opinion.
Saskatchewan’s Time Act was implemented in 1966, placing the province on Daylight Savings Time year round. Saskatchewan, situated in the Central time zone, does not technically observe Daylight Savings Time, but rather has adopted a ‘standard time’ that has been permanently advanced one hour forward. Ironically, the Mountain Standard Time line is centred in Saskatchewan, placing the province geographically within the mountain zone.