The Manitoba government plans to follow the lead of the United
States by extending daylight time in the province by four weeks,
beginning in March, 2007.
"It's important for trucking and other
industries to keep the same time as other jurisdictions", Manitoba
Premier Gary Doer said - 20 October 2005.
Winnipeg, Manitoba 2
Intergovernmental Affairs and Trade
Minister Scott Smith today introduced legislation that would
extend daylight saving time in Manitoba by four weeks.
Starting in 2007, daylight saving time would start on the
second Sunday in March and end on the first Sunday in
The change would mean that clocks would
be advanced three weeks earlier in the spring and for one
week later in the fall.
The decision was made after the U.S.
government passed a law in an omnibus energy bill that
extends daylight saving time beginning in March 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 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."
Currently, Manitobans advance their
clocks forward by one hour at 2 a.m. on the first Sunday in
April and turn them back at 2 a.m. the last Sunday in
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