Daylight survey says!

The results of the Province's survey on daylight savings time have finally been released – and there is no room for misinterpreting the will of those who took the time to vote.

More than 93 per cent of the 223,273 British Columbians who completed the province's survey on time observance want the province to ditch the seasonal time change and remain on daylight saving time.

"The people of British Columbia have spoken and their collective voice has come through loudly and clearly," said Premier John Horgan. "This engagement has done exactly as we hoped it would in providing clarity about a preferred direction. The insights generated will be relied upon as we make a final decision about how to move forward."

The numbers indicate the desire for a permanent move to DST was consistent throughout the province, with more than 90per cent of respondents in each region indicating their support. More than half indicated it is "important" or "very important" for B.C. to be aligned with neighbouring jurisdictions in its time observance practices.

This survey will be used in conjunction with data and the desires of jurisdictions in Canada and the western United States as the Province decides on the best way to proceed. Lawmakers in Washington, Oregon and California are in various stages of creating or enacting legislation that, pending federal approval, would see those states adopt year-round observance of daylight saving time.

"I'm very pleased that so many took time to share their views in this important engagement," Premier Horgan said. "We will continue to monitor similar debates in neighbouring jurisdictions, keeping in mind the wide-ranging impacts. We want to make sure we consider every implication in determining what is right for B.C."

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