William Henry "Bill" Domm (July 24, 1930 – January 8, 2000) was a Member of Parliament (MP) in the House of Commons of Canada from 1979 to 1993. He was best known for his crusades against the metric system and in favour of capital punishment.
Domm's campaign against Metric conversion in Canada was most vocal during the final Pierre Trudeau government of 1980 to 1984. In 1983, he and other Tory MPs illegally pumped gas using Imperial measurements at their "Freedom to Measure" gas station. The station was leased by the MPs in hopes of provoking the government into laying charges and thus allowing a legal challenge to mandatory use of metric. The government ignored the station and it closed after a year. When the Progressive Conservatives formed government following the 1984 federal election, Domm became parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs, the government minister responsible for the metrification program. However, while the Metric Commission was disbanded and rules on enforcing metric were loosened, the "metrification" of the country was not reversed.
Domm's lobbying for the death penalty resulted in a free vote being held in the House of Commons in 1988, however the motion to restore capital punishment was defeated.
He was more successful in his campaign for the restoration of Via Rail service on the Toronto-Peterborough-Havelock line. Domm also took stands against bilingualism, abortion and gun control voting against his party on several occasions.
|Canadian federal election, 1993|
|Progressive Conservative||Bill Domm||11,628||20.1||-20.8|
|New Democratic||Merv Richards||3,072||5.3||-22.2|
|Natural Law||Sandy Callender||368||0.6|
|Total valid votes||57,961||100.0|
|Canadian federal election, 1988|
|Progressive Conservative||Bill Domm||22,492||40.9||-11.8|
|New Democratic||Gill Sandeman||15,147||27.5||+6.8|
|Rhinoceros||C. Fibber mcGee||238||0.4||-0.2|
|Total valid votes||55,055||100.0|
|Canadian federal election, 1984: Peterborough|
|Progressive Conservative||Bill Domm||27,121||52.69|
|New Democratic||Linda Slavin||10,648||20.69|
|Rhinoceros||Washboard Hank Fisher||309||0.60||–|
|Total valid votes||51,469||100.00|
|Total rejected ballots||148|
|Electors on the lists||67,458|
|Canadian federal election, 1980: Peterborough|
|Progressive Conservative||Bill Domm||19,417||40.25|
|New Democratic||Paul Rexe||10,776||22.34|
|Independent||Robert J. Norris||69||0.14|
|Total valid votes||48,243||100.00|
|Total rejected ballots||116|
|Electors on the lists||66,097|
|Parliament of Canada|
|Member of Parliament for Peterborough