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NDP MLA Thomas Dang to table bill abolishing daylight savings time

Announcement comes after PC leadership candidate Richard Starke tables petition against time change

Thomas Dang, NDP MLA for Edmonton-South West said he will table a bill next spring to repeal the Daylight Savings Act.

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Thomas Dang, NDP MLA for Edmonton-South West said he will table a bill next spring to repeal the Daylight Savings Act.

It’s time to choose one time.

That’s according to Thomas Dang, NDP MLA for Edmonton-South West who will table a bill next spring to repeal the Daylight Savings Act (DSA).

On Tuesday, PC leadership candidate and MLA Richard Starke, tabled a petition to the Alberta Legislature that requested legislation to repeal the DSA and require Albertans to observe Central Standard Time throughout the entire year.

Dang said constituency offices receive a “big flood” of emails, letters and phone calls twice a year about the time change and he has been in consultations with members of his caucus and Alberta families in drafting a bill.

“I’d like to see one time all year so you wouldn’t have to change your clock anymore,” said Dang. “I don’t think that anybody really enjoys changing their clock twice a year.”

Michael Connolly, NDP MLA for Calgary-Hawkwood said he wouldn’t be opposed to abolishing daylight savings time either. Previously, Connolly said he received more emails about eliminating the time change than about budgetary concerns.

Starke’s petition has more than 700 signatures. A similar petition in 2015 was presented by former MLA Jacquie Fenske, now supporting Starke in the PC leadership race, which had about 3,000 signatures.

In an interview with Metro on Wednesday, Starke said he wanted a referendum on DST to see if abolishing the time change is really what Albertans want.

Nonetheless Dr. Charles Samuels, medical director of the Centre for Sleep & Human Performance in Calgary, said there’s virtually no health risk in one hour in the fall or spring.

“People will natter away about the health implications of (DST) and frankly it’s immaterial. On the larger scale it’s immaterial,” Samuels said who added that people adjust to the time changes within a week.

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