Albertans are going to be stuck with Daylight Savings Time for the foreseeable future.
A legislative committee has shot down a private member's bill that would have scrapped the program that sees clocks jump ahead one hour in the spring and fall back again in the fall.
"If you're a business and you operate customer service and all of a sudden, part of the year you're on the same time as BC and the other part of the year you're on the same time as Saskatchewan, it forces people to have to work different hours or forces companies to juggle staff around," noted Brock Harrington, president of the Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce. "
Harrington has lived and worked before in a US state that didn't switch to Daylight Savings with the rest of the country.
"I would think that all of Canada would have to do it," he declared. "It was complicated when Indiana was one of the only states that did it; part of the year you're on Chicago time, part of the year you're on New York time."
The legislative committee decided the impact on Alberta businesses would be too much, especially in the current economic climate.
"I think it's more people who provide customer service or do business online," stated Harrington. "If, all of a sudden, we're not on the same time as Saskatchewan and someone in Saskatchewan calls you and you're closed because now you're on BC time."