September 21, 2017

Alberta NDP drops “wacky dream” of abolishing Daylight Savings Time

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Host | The Gunn Show

The NDP have given up on their dream of having their very own time zone because almost no one cared, and those that did, hated it.

The bill to do away with daylight savings time was a private members bill by NDP MLA Thomas Dang. It passed second reading and had been sent to committee.

And that's when the NDP discovered their attempt at a populist distraction from their bad management would cause more harm than good:

Hearing from Westjet, the Oilers, the Flames, and the few people that did actually bother to have their voices heard on such an irrelevant issue.

So the bill just died in committee.

I’m glad the NDP had a rare moment of common sense. But this whole wacky adventure should never have happened, and it shows how out of the touch the NDP really are.

Literally no one really cares about daylight savings time, and I can prove it.

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commented 2017-09-22 04:43:55 -0400
Another statement of the glaringly obvious by our resident deep thinker. Thanks, Jay.
commented 2017-09-22 02:07:51 -0400
Kelly Weber you are right we should be more like lefties, whining about jokes and names and pretty much anything that has ever existed. They live such rich lives LMAO!
commented 2017-09-22 02:04:51 -0400
Ron Christensen NICE!!
commented 2017-09-22 00:31:02 -0400
Actually, daylight savings time has been under discussion since it was imposed in the first place. That the State — the government — could actually impose a time change has been controversial.

In Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba it makes no sense. They should have stuck to the clock.
commented 2017-09-21 23:58:49 -0400
Do any of these trolls that comment here have any balls or are they all pussies with manjinas like therye hero Justine the biggest manjina ?
commented 2017-09-21 23:53:03 -0400
Kelly Weber commented There goes four minutes of my life I wish I had back . Sounds something a whiny little bitch would say !
commented 2017-09-21 23:04:51 -0400
I hate daylight savings every fall.
commented 2017-09-21 22:29:11 -0400
Everybody knows way ahead of time about which two days of the year the time changes. So a few days before, you go to bed and get up a bit earlier or later, whatever it takes to convert a sudden, disruptive change into something gradual and non-disruptive.
It ain’t rocket surgery, folks. Humans have the largest brains. Use them.
commented 2017-09-21 22:15:56 -0400

I loved L’Anse aux Meadow. Had been almost directly across the strait in Labrador a couple of days previous. Amazing how geography changes climate. Climate Barbie must have fits over that fact.

I was at the Tropic of Capricorn for some months, found the lack of seasons boring. Can understand your alcoholism from that lack of change. True North, one goes out on a clear winter night for the sky, enough to get through to spring.
commented 2017-09-21 21:44:39 -0400
KELLY WEBER commented 15 mins ago

Yes Ron, my life would be so much more fulfilling if I spent more time on the Rebel bitching and whining.

So why do you? Come on The Rebel and bitch and whine, I mean?
commented 2017-09-21 21:37:35 -0400
@CANADIAN MONGREL….I live at or near the Tropic of Capricorn….I keep forgetting just how big Canada really is. The first time I saw the tree line was on my honeymoon. We were driving north in Newfoundland on our way to L’Anse-aux-Meadows. It looked like one side of an array of church organ pipes and I was amazed at how abrupt it was.

I dread the thought of a night in February that lasts for months….the winters I put up with have made me an alcoholic….how do you do it Mongrel?………..;-)
commented 2017-09-21 21:28:45 -0400
RON CHRISTENSEN commented 7 hours ago
First you have to have a life !

Yes Ron, my life would be so much more fulfilling if I spent more time on the Rebel bitching and whining.
commented 2017-09-21 19:29:14 -0400
Following the comments, I will say I voted against in the Socred referendum. I live in Northern Alberta, so DST makes no sense. From mid-May to mid-Aug we have no true dark. However…winter is different…that is when I would like DST.

That said, My opinion is still that the New Demoncrats wanted to attack P/C legacy from a partisan basis. Not that they cared about Albertans. Nor that it was a last Socred legacy, because they are historically ignorant.
commented 2017-09-21 19:08:33 -0400
WOW! You’ve done a piece I disagree with SHEILA GUNN REID!
I mean not about the NDP, everyone knows they’re just low commie scum – well except for maybe the NDP and the Fake News, and we know the NDP are using this merely to deflect from the huge mess they’ve made of Alberta. I mean I disagree about getting rid of DST. We should get rid of it.
Essentially the reason it was brought in was to help business, to save money and increase profit – all good stuff. The problem is it ended up doing the opposite. Due to the ‘fluctuating’ gas prices – where the government assures us there is no collusion – it ended up costing more.
As well people suffer certain amounts of sleep deprivation during the switchover twice a year, when their Circadian rhythms are disrupted like that. Vehicular, machine and other accidents increase measurably at these DST transition periods. In fact it turned out to be not a good idea for the disruptions and for the unexpected costs. Not to contradict you, but lots of people would like to get rid of it all together. But that would also be…problematic.
Last year I didn’t set my clocks to DST and that was…difficult and confusing butting up against the DST world, even way out here in boonieland where days of the week can just come and go.
commented 2017-09-21 16:46:45 -0400
I will go to my grave still not understanding how that measure saves daylight. I think it should be universally repealed as a UN resolution.
commented 2017-09-21 16:26:56 -0400
Paul , Your comment defines mental illness !
commented 2017-09-21 15:48:41 -0400
In Sask. the beef was always about commerce. East side of province vs. west. It works okay here without it but we never stop bickering about. Anyway, there would be no net benefit for Alberta to do away with it.
commented 2017-09-21 15:34:13 -0400
Paul…I don’t know where you live but where i’m at it gets dark every night, some nights earlier than others, depending on the time of year of course. Your post is makes little sense.
commented 2017-09-21 15:03:44 -0400
this is shabby reporting. Saskatchewan does not have DST. I hate it.. the darkness causes much mental illness, people stay home, etc. Too dark, and cold.. should be changed. I loathe the NDP and what they fundamentally represent, but there is nothing basically wrong with making that change. .. wish Ontario would. The quality of reporting has to be and get better here!
commented 2017-09-21 14:54:13 -0400
I do think that the whole exercise was a purely partisan exercise in removing Progressive Conservative legacy. Daylight Saving was established by the Lougheed government in its first year to honour the results of a Socred referendum.

The New Demoncrats have destroyed other key legacies, like the Heritage Fund, so why not DST as well.

My amazement is they backed off, which probably had more to do with the proximity of implementing the new time Nov 2018 to the potential May 2019 election than with concerns of business. They could not risk the reminder of NDP arrogance towards the populace only six months before a possible election.
commented 2017-09-21 14:31:12 -0400
K. W…….do something good with your life….how about…..go donate your organs ….have them removed….now!
If they are any good that is.
commented 2017-09-21 14:17:59 -0400
The NDP are for anything that hurts capitalism. I am praying that we can rid ourselves of these losers in the next election. I hope every last NDP seat is wiped out!
commented 2017-09-21 14:02:01 -0400
First you have to have a life !
commented 2017-09-21 13:50:59 -0400
There goes four minutes of my life I wish I had back. Must be a slow news day.