MLA wants to abolish DST

Boundary—Similkameen MLA Linda Larson is trying to make daylight saving time a thing of the past.

She has tabled a private member’s bill in support of a Union of BC Municipalities resolution from Grand Forks this year calling for the end to the twice a year time change.

“It’s my job to represent my communities, so I thought, why don’t we do a private members bill and see if we can make this fly,” she said.

Larson’s bill — which will have to be reintroduced in at the next legislature sitting in February — states daylight saving time was started to save coal during the First World War.

“The purpose it was originally established for no longer exists, so there is really no logical reason to continue with it,” she said.

“I can’t find any benefits, but there are certainly disadvantages,” she added, referring to studies that show the toll time change has on our bodies.

Larson said her Liberal caucus is fully supportive of the bill, “but it will be a matter of the NDP MLA’s to be supportive.”

B.C. Premier John Horgan has left the door open to killing the time change, asking the public to “send him an email” if they feel strongly either way.


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