VICTORIA (November 28, 2019) – After years of hard work, MLA for Boundary-Similkameen Linda Larson is encouraged to see the adoption of legislation, modelled after her own private members’ bill, which will move the province to permanent Daylight Saving Time.
“It has been a long road to this point, but after two years and my introduction of three private members’ bills on the subject, the government has finally realized how important this issue is to British Columbians,” says Larson. “The legislation, which gained royal assent today is the next step in the process of transitioning to permanent Daylight Saving Time and the end of the twice-yearly time change in B.C.”
Daylight Saving Time was first introduced in 1918, and in B.C. the clocks have been changed twice a year, every year since. Studies have shown that these time changes have far-reaching economic, social and health impacts, which has led to a growing desire to cease the 101-year-old practice. In 2017, the Grand Forks Council put a resolution forward to the Union of B.C. Municipalities to stop the practice, and Kamloops residents Bill Dieno and Tara Holms organized an online petition that gained over 25,000 signatures and was submitted to the legislature.
“I am thankful for the support I received from both communities and individuals across the province since I first introduced my Daylight Saving Time bill,” concludes Larson. “I am glad to see the government and members of this house taking note and acting accordingly.”