Moving day… dumb!

Why do we continue with this archaic tradition of moving an entire province on a single day, and on Canada Day, no less. There would be revolutions, if you tried to do the same thing in other countries.

From Wikipedia

“Moving Day started as a humanitarian measure of the French colonial government of New France. It stipulated that the seigneurs of the seigneuries could not evict tenants before the winter snows had melted. In law, this date was placed as May 1. Later this evolved into leases that had to start on May 1 and end on April 30.”

Why do we still do this every year. Every year tens of thousands of Quebecers change addresses on July 1st. A fixed moving day is just dumb. It creates insanity on our streets as motorists have to dodge moving trucks parked sometimes two three at a time on a street. It makes it hard to get a truck and because everyone needs a truck or a mover on the same day, the price skyrockets. It leaves people scrambling to find a place to live and it’s why there’s been housing crunches in the city of Montreal for the past three or four years, with many families living in shelters for days or weeks or even months after moving day.

Moving day is not a law, although it used to be. All it would take is a couple of landlords and tenants to go for 11 or 13 month leases to start the whole thing off. Do that for a few years and we’d have moving days nicely scattered throughout the year — or at least through the non-winter months.

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Published in: on June 29, 2006 at 12:21 pm  Leave a Comment  

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