On Wednesday, Washington state became the first jurisdiction on the West Coast to abolish time change — pending approval by Congress in Washington, D.C.
Similar legislation is moving through the Oregon and California legislatures, with time change expected to be eliminated in those states some time this year.
Washington, Oregon and California are opting to stay on daylight time, which will mean longer mornings of darkness and more light in the evenings during winter.
After Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed the legislation, KTW asked the premier’s office where the province stands on the issue, which has been championed in B.C. by Kamloops residents Bob Dieno and Tara Holmes, KTW’s promotions manager.
Premier John Horgan’s office replied with a statement:
“It is our understanding that there are still some significant hurdles at the federal level before a change might happen there.
“Premier Horgan has been in touch with the governors of the Pacific Coast states and with the Yukon premier, asking them to keep us informed on this issue, as a change in any of these jurisdictions in our time zone would have significant impacts on British Columbia.
“It makes sense to move in unison on this matter if a change were to be made.”