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Liberal MPP bill to abolish time change passes first reading

Last Updated Apr 17, 2019 at 2:38 pm EST

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A Liberal MPP has introduced a private member’s bill that would end the twice-yearly time changes across the province, and it may have support from the government. If the bill passes, it means that the clock changes could soon be a thing of the past and Daylight Saving Time would be here to stay, becoming the standard time.

OrlĂ©ans MPP Marie-France Lalonde’s bill, which passed first reading Wednesday with unanimous support, would see all of Ontario move clocks forward in March 2020, but then never move again.

Lalonde said she’s purposing staying on Daylight Saving because the United States is bringing a similar bill before Congress.

“I think it’s time and my question is why not?” she told 680 NEWS.

“The reality is that most Ontarians want to see one time.”

Government House Leader Todd Smith said the bill is “something we would consider, but I can’t say too much more about it other than that.”

The move would not be so unheard of in Canada, Saskatchewan keeps the same time zone all year long.