On a party lines vote, Cliff Graydon Member of the Legislature for Emerson, is disappointed that his Private Members Bill, Bill 205 The Official Time Amendment Act was defeated. Bill 205 aimed to stop the biannual time change and was defeated 34 to 5.
Mr. Graydon introduced Bill-205 in the Manitoba Legislature after a number of constituents raised this important issue with him. This led him to undertake extensive research and consultation. “The time change is disruptive,” said Mr. Graydon, who was convinced to bring forward this bill after discovering that the time change caused increases in traffic accidents, heart attacks, mental health cases, and workplace injuries. “I felt the people of Manitoba should enter the future and discontinue this disruptive practice,” said Graydon.
Since the bill’s introduction, Mr. Graydon has received thousands of phone calls, emails and messages of support from Manitobans across the province, with over a thousand having signed a petition calling for the end of daylight savings time.
With recent surveys done by 730ckdm and the Winnipeg Sun finding 72% and 73% of Manitobans support ending daylight savings time, it is clear that Manitobans are talking about the issue. Graydon says “It is unfortunate that none of the parties wanted to participate in discovering exactly what the public wanted by letting Bill 205 go to committee. There is no down side to learning more.”
The government’s argument for defeating the bill was that any move to change the time would have to be in lockstep with other jurisdictions. However, instead of sending Bill 205 to the committee to study what other jurisdictions are doing, they defeated the bill believing it is Manitoba’s place to follow rather than lead. Today Ontario introduced the Sunshine Protection Act to stop the time change in Ontario, which the government would be aware of if Bill 205 went to committee.
Upon the defeat of his bill, Graydon said “I am disappointed that the government has such disregard for those affected by the switch, that they did not give it an open airing. Considering that it saves lives and does not cost the government anything, I do not understand why parties were opposed, and why they would not listen to the public.”