Saskatchew­an aban­dons Day­light Sav­ings Time ref­er­en­dum

The Southwest Booster - - NEWS -

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.