Closing time on time change

Premier Rachel Notley says the question of whether Alberta should stop changing its clocks every spring and fall hasn't been resolved yet.

An all-party legislature committee dominated by NDP members of the legislature unanimously voted Tuesday to urge the government to abandon a bill that would keep the province on the same time all year.

While the committee heard from Albertans that sticking to one time would be convenient, help kids with sleep rhythms and aid seniors taking pills on a schedule, it felt the effect on business was too onerous for Alberta to go it alone.

"That (impact on business) is certainly not something we want to see happen," said NDP member Karen McPherson.

"We certainly don't want to see that happen at this time in our province's history when the economy is front of mind for many, many people."

Alberta's economy has been fighting to regain its footing following thousands of job losses in recent years due to sluggish oil prices.

McPherson made the motion to recommend Alberta not proceed with the private member's bill introduced in the spring by NDP backbencher Thomas Dang.

All legislature members will have to sign off on the committee's recommendation when the house resumes next month for the bill to officially die.

Notley said the issue is still on the table.

"There were some good points that were raised, and I think there's more research and work that has to be done around it," she said in Calgary, where cabinet was meeting Tuesday. "It's still an open question."

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