The MLA for Cariboo North says the BC Liberals have introduced a private members bill to eliminate daylight saving time.
Coralee Oakes says it was brought in in 1918 as a way to reduce coal usage after the war, it was then eliminated until it was brought back in the 60’s.
Oakes says there is really no need for it and she says it actually has a couple of negative impacts…
“There have been lots of studies done on the implication from a healthcare perspective on what you find traditionally when daylight saving time, you know whether you are leaping forward or going backwards, you traditionally see increased accidents. There is some information that has demonstrated that there is a cost to that, as well as there is a cost to businesses that have to make those changes.”
Oakes says it was introduced while the Governor of Washington was in attendance…
“And one of the purposes of presenting the bill today is we would certainly appreciate the support from the Cascadia region of looking at how we can unify and opportunities if we were all to move forward in this direction.”
Oakes encourages people to let them know what they think.
She says it is now up to the Government House Leader to decide whether the bill will move forward or not.