Apparently thousands of Albertans want to stay on the same time all year. The provincial government introduced a Bill called the Alberta Standard Time Act that would scrap the time change in the fall meaning Alberta would remain on Mountain Daylight Saving time year-round.
A government survey found 74% of respondents were in favour at this time. However, organizations such as Westjet, Edmonton International Airport and the Oilers Entertainment Group opposed the idea and, governments being what they are, the Bill has now been scrapped. Had the Time Bill passed, Alberta would have been on the same time as Saskatchewan all year. As you know, we don’t change time in this province and haven’t since the Time Act of the late 1960’s. The line of demarcation splits Saskatchewan so, while technically the same time, the western part is always on Mountain Daylight Saving Time while in the eastern portion we’re on Central Standard Time. There was a time when debate used to rage as to whether we should put our clocks an hour ahead in the spring and depending where you live you’d either be on Central Daylight Saving Time or Mountain Double Daylight Saving Time at this time of year. However, I haven’t heard anyone talk about that for quite some time. With the passage of time it seems the pendulum has swung around so that most Albertans now don’t want to go back and forth in time and even though the current Time Bill has died you can bet the idea has not. Time will tell. And I just used the word time for the 22nd time and got away with it.