Take Me to Your Litre — The Anti-Metric Gas Station



I have to truthfully say my metric knowledge is still non-existent. This old gal refuses to leave the world of quarts, yards, and Fahrenheit due to stubbornness. In doing some reading today I forgot that in 1983 Peterborough MP Bill Domm led the parliamentary fight against metric and brought it to the Carleton Place area. He said the country was throwing away money on silly costly promotion schemes such as hiring cooking experts for a cross-country tour to demonstrate the delights of metric cuisine. So the Conservatives put their money where their mouth was and set up a flourishing Freedom to Measure service station near Carleton Place on Highway 7. It was said that motorists were driving out of their way to gas up on imperial gallons instead of price.  The MP’s couldn’t wait to be taken to court on the issue, but in the last article I could find the Liberal government never charged them.

“Metric,” said Bill Domm, ‘is dead and preparing to lie down.”

Wonder how that worked out for him. Metric is still not working for me.:)

CBC Digital 1986 News Report


 - The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
21 Feb 1983, Mon  •  Page 3

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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