Province says “no” to year-round Daylight Savings Time

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South Peace voters seemed to reflect the same sentiment across the province when it came to the daylight saving time (DST) referendum question posed in the Oct. 18 municipal election.

Though people were almost split on the whether Alberta should adopt DST year-round, in the end the ‘no’ vote triumphed.

The official results on the referendum questions as well as senate appointees were released Tuesday.

“Do you want Alberta to adopt year-round Daylight Saving Time, which is summer hours, eliminating the need to change our clocks twice a year?”

The province voted “no” with 535,745 votes (50.1 per cent) and 532,911 votes for “yes” (49.9 per cent).

In the County of Grande Prairie, residents voted with 2,542 votes for “no” and 2,294 for “yes.”

Beaverlodge residents voted 248 votes for “no” and 230 for “yes.”

Sexsmith residents voted 244 votes for “no” and 215 for “yes.”

Wembley residents voted 137 votes for “no” and 133 for “yes.”

The province has also decided it wants to see the principle of making equalization payments removed from the constitution, as did most South Peace voters.

On the second referendum question, “Should section 36(2) of the Constitution Act, 1982 –

Parliament and the government of Canada’s commitment to the principle of making equalization payments – be removed from the constitution?” the province voted “yes” with 642,501 votes 61.7 per cent of valid ballots and “no” received 399,169 votes representing 38.3 per cent of valid ballots cast.

County residents voted on the equalization question with a majority “yes” with 3,934 votes and 885 votes for “no.”

Beaverlodge residents voted with 362 votes for “yes” and 103 for “no.”

Sexsmith residents voted with 357 votes for “yes” and 83 for “no.”

Wembley residents voted with 212 votes for “yes” and 55 for “no.”

The senators with the highest amount of votes provincially were Pam Davidson (CPC), Erika Barootes (CPC), and Mykhailo Martyniouk (CPC).

The results were similar to what votes were cast in the county.

In the County of Grande Prairie, the top three candidates for the Alberta Senate were Pam Davidson (2,298 votes), Erika Barootes (2,204) and Mykhailo Martyniouk (1,558 votes).

Beaverlodge’s top senate candidates were Erika Barootes (227 votes), followed by Pam Davidson (221) and Mykhailo Martyniouk (162).

Sexsmith’s top senate candidates were Pam Davidson (178), followed by Erika Barootes (168) and Mykhailo Martyniouk (128).

Wembley’s top senate candidates were Pam Davidson (164), followed by Erika Barootes (161) and Mykhailo Martyniouk (116).

The Senate vote does not guarantee that those elected will become senators, as the federal government appoints senators. Still, the province will not recommend the top three senators to the federal government when vaccines become available.

Jesse Boily, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Town & Country News

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