With many of Alberta’s 2021 civic elections, the Alberta government added a referendum for its citizens to choose whether to eliminate changing the clocks twice a year. However, the way the question was worded it asked if you wanted to stop changing the clocks twice a year by adopting to stay on permanent Daylight-Saving Time. If you voted no to the question because you would prefer to stay on Standard Time it would automatically be counted as wanting to keep changing the clocks twice a year.


The question should have been: “Do you want to stop changing the clocks twice a year and adopt either Mountain Standard Time (MST) or Mountain Daylight Time (MDT) permanently”. It seems to me that the government already has made our choice. Either stay on MDT or keep changing the clocks. Many studies have shown that saving an extra hour of daylight is good for business although in the winter it has the adverse effects of waking in the dark several hours before the sun rises.

Either way, we should have the choice on selecting whether we keep changing the clocks twice a year or not. Whether we stay on MDT or MST should be decided after we have chosen not to keep changing the clocks. Make the M.A.D. Move and let your new elected officials know how manipulative the question on changing the clocks was asked to keep MDT one way or the other for the good of commerce over the welfare of its citizens.

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Marinus (René) Verschuren
Marinus (René) Verschuren
Founder of WebStamp
René has been involved in the publishing and printing industry since the 1970s. He has published and distributed a successful 24-page weekly news advertiser with a circulation of 4400 copies. Also for the last 20 years, he has been a printer, plotter, scanner and 3D printer technician and installer. Since High School, he also has worked as a janitor, cabinet maker, building construction, landscaper/designer, computer operator producing microfiche, graphic artist, and webmaster, among many other professions. This qualifies him as a Jack-of-All-Trades with plenty of knowledge in many subjects.