OTTAWA – The Canadian government announced today that it is launching a federal Time Zone Swap Credits Program (TZSCP), to begin on January 1st, 2027. The program is similar to the existing carbon credit system adopted by governments to trade greenhouse gasses worldwide.
The new program, called “revolutionary” and “cutting edge” by Monty Hardstraton, the newly appointed deputy minister in charge of TZSCP, will allow citizens in any Canadian province or territory to swap their time zone for another one anywhere in the world, if they get tired of the one where they are currently living.
“The aim of the program is to give people more choices,” said Hardstraton, in an exclusive interview with CBC national news anchor, Rhonda Pierpoint, on Friday. “We have completed a number of early studies and we know that’s what they really want.”
He also said that the reason that the TZSCP was initiated was to put an end “once and for all” to the tedious and time-wasting debate that currently takes place in Canada twice-annually about ending daylight savings time. “I don’t want to be guilty of cliché,” he stated, “but we have much more important fish to fry in this country.”
Hardstraton was unable to provide a lot of detail as to how the program would actually work, citing the ten-year planning process ahead. “We will be doing extensive consultations with people across the country,” he said. “Collaboration is what this government is all about.”
A leaked draft TZSCP policy document however showed that one of the early ideas under consideration allowed for citizens to purchase TZS Credits at ATMs or on their smartphones.
Hardstraton was also asked about the flexibility of the new program. Could, for example, Canadians who swapped their time zone for the one in Malta swap them back if they got tired of living on Malta time?
“We haven’t quite figured that out yet,” he said. Source: FNT Staff