Sunday shopping change welcome: Chamber prez. 0
There are no plans right now for the Giant Tiger in Morden to expand its Sunday shopping hours.
By Lorne Stelmach
What impact might the loosening of Sunday shopping restrictions have in Morden?
It remains to be seen if it will encourage any more businessess to open or for those that now open to extend their hours.
Regardless, Morden and District Chamber of Commerce president James Steedsman suggested they are happy that the restrictions have been eased and that it is left up to individual businesses to decide.
Morden town council recently approved a Sunday shopping bylaw that keeps the town in line with the easing of restrictions set out by the province.
"At least the option is there, and we're kind of pleased the town is taking the direction they've taken," said Steedsman.
"To me, that's one competitive advantage that we may have over our friends to the east (in Winkler)."
Steedsman said it is good that workers have the right to choose not to work on Sundays.
"Personally, I think it should be wide open," he added. "I don't think there should be any restrictions. That's free enterprise ... and it should be up to each business to decide that on their own."
As for his business, he suggested Giant Tiger will leave their Sunday hours at the current noon to 6 p.m.
"I don't know that opening those extra three hours would generate any additional business," he suggested. "In other words, I think those same people would probably shop anyway."
The changes give municipalities the ability to allow businesses to extend opening hours by an additional three hours in the morning on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The expanded hours also apply to the Thanksgiving, Louis Riel and Victoria Day statutory holidays,
The changes to the act also authorize employment standards officers to order an employer to compensate or reinstate an employee penalized for refusing to work on a Sunday.
"These changes are in response to the desire of consumers and businesses to find ways to make Sunday shopping in Manitoba less restrictive while respecting that some employees may prefer not to work expanded hours," Family Services and Labour Minister Jennifer Howard had said in a media release. "We have listened to what Manitobans have asked for and made practical changes."