Lessons About Canada Day

Before I became the REALTOR to the Canadian set, I discovered Canada Day while taking a look at National League baseball schedules. Just was we had oddly-scheduled games to accommodate the Fourth of July, the Montreal Expos would play oddly-timed games on July 1 for Canada Day.

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Beyond that, I must confess, I didn’t know much about Canada Day. And so I did what anyone else would do in 2011 – I Googled it. And I have to say, it was interesting in a cute, quaint kind of way. In other words, it’s representatively Canadian.

Canada Day commemorates the anniversary of the Constitution Act, which created the country out of three separate British colonies, that took effect on July 1, 1867.

It used to be known as Dominion Day, at least until 1982 when Canada became fully independent from Great Britain.

Wait … 1982? Really? That seems so … I dunno … recent … doesn’t it?

Here’s another fun quirk I found about July 1. In Quebec, it seems this is Moving Day – the date on which more than half the renters in the province move and begin a new lease period.

Moving madness on the first day of July began in 1973 when the Quebec government decreed that leases should begin on July 1.

The government at the time believed a provincial moving day would not disrupt the school year of children.

The long-standing tradition annually leaves Quebecers scrambling to find commercial movers and friends to help them hoist sofas and coffee tables.

“Montreal is the only place you’ll ever see someone walking down the street on July 1 with a couch on their back,” Jeffrey Hackett, 26, told the Canadian Press.

We don’t have a Moving Day. Or a Boxing Day. (And if you celebrate both, isn’t that a very long time to be living out of boxes?)

But if you’re Quebecois and would like to celebrate the holiday property, feel free to call or e-mail me by day’s end. I’ve got several thousand homes here for sale and would be more than happy to get you Moving.

Jonathan Dalton

Jonathan Dalton is a 40-plus-year resident of the Valley and has been helping folks buy and sell homes since 2004. He can be reached at 602-502-9693 or info at allphoenixrealestate.com.