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Bill to make Daylight Saving Time permanent heads to B.C. Legislature Thursday

Last Updated Oct 30, 2019 at 4:39 pm PST

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A bill on making Daylight Saving Time permanent will be heading to the B.C. Legislature Thursday

It's unclear whether a change would be contingent on other West Coast states and provinces also making the change

93 per cent of 150,000 British Columbians surveyed are in favor of keeping DST year-round

VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) – This weekend could be the last time British Columbians ‘fall back’ to Standard Time.

A bill on ending time changes, and making Daylight Saving Time permanent, is being tabled at the B.C. Legislature Thursday.

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B.C. Attorney General David Eby confirmed it will be introduced in Victoria, but isn’t giving specifics.

“We’ll be announcing all the details in the bill tomorrow. I look forward to that,” he says. “It will be based on our engagement with other British Columbians across the province.”

It’s unclear whether this change would be contingent on the rest of the West Coast states and provinces getting on board, but Eby says he wants to see B.C. in the same time zone as its trading partners.

Some states have already said they would be open to it, but would need the approval of the U.S. Congress.

At the end of September, Premier John Horgan had said he expected legislation on the time change to be tabled in the coming weeks.

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Consultations on time changes done by the province that surveyed 150,000 people earlier this year found overwhelming support – 93 per cent in favour – in keeping DST all year long.

If passed, clocks would need to be changed one last time with a ‘spring forward’ in 2019.

– With files from the Canadian Press