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Manitoba to mirror U.S. daylight savings time extension

WINNIPEG, Man. -- Manitoba has joined Ontario in declaring it will follow in the U.S. footsteps and extend daylight...


WINNIPEG, Man. — Manitoba has joined Ontario in declaring it will follow in the U.S. footsteps and extend daylight savings time in 2007.

New legislation introduced yesterday will mean daylight savings time will begin on the second Sunday of March and end on the first Sunday in November. The decision is based on a similar bill passed earlier this year south of the border. Both laws take effect in 2007.

“Stakeholders have raised concerns that by not synchronizing Manitoba’s clocks with those in the central time zone south of the border, difficulties would occur at border crossings and with airlines flights into the United States,” said Intergovernmental Affairs and Trade Minister, Scott Smith. “Not only will this legislation add daylight to evening hours for four additional weeks but it will also ensure that trade with the United States is not affected. As a province that does a lot of trade with our southern neighbour, it is very important for us to have times that are consistent at the border.”

The U.S. law was passed in an attempt to reduce energy usage.


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