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Provincial referendum shows Albertans completely spilt on permanent daylight time

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EDMONTON, AB – Albertans are as divided as we can possibly be when it come to time change.

Late Tuesday morning, the government released the results of the province-wide referendum which took place during the civic elections October 18th.

The no side narrowly took the win on the question about whether or not Alberta should switch to permanent Daylight Saving Time (DST). In fact, 50.2% of voters last week across the province said “no” and 49.8% “yes”.

Those results are slightly different than how Lethbridge residents voted locally. A total of 52% said “yes” to staying on DST and 48% “no”.

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There was one other referendum question asked. That had to do with equalization. Nearly 62% of Albertans who voted last week said “yes” to that.

That Alberta government plans to introduce a motion in the legislature this week requesting a constitutional amendment.

Referendum Vote: Daylight Saving Time

The Chief Electoral Officer has announced the following results for the referendum:

  • “Yes” – 532,911 votes, representing 49.9% of valid ballots cast
  • “No” – 535,745 votes, representing 50.1% of valid ballots cast

Referendum Vote: Equalization

The Chief Electoral Officer has announced the following results for the referendum:

  • “Yes” – 642,501 votes, representing 61.7% of valid ballots cast
  • “No” – 399,169 votes, representing 38.3% of valid ballots cast

Senate Election

The Chief Electoral Officer has declared elected, as Senate Nominees, the following three candidates that received the highest number of votes:

  • Pam Davidson, Conservative Party of Canada
  • Erika Barootes, Conservative Party of Canada
  • Mykhailo Martyniouk, Conservative Party of Canada
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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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