March 23, 2016
(ANTIMEDIA) Washington, D.C. — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently answered questions from his neighbors to the south at the American University in Washington, D.C. News2Share’s Ford Fischer took advantage of the opportunity to ask Trudeau about something that has rapidly gained popularity now that a Trump nomination appears increasingly likely.
“My question has a little tinge of humor to it, but also a serious element,” Fischer began. “We have a presidential candidate right now, who says he would ‘build a border wall’ with Mexico and make them pay for it; and we have a lot of Americans who earnestly say that ‘I would leave and go to Canada if we elected Trump as President.’”
Indeed, online searches for “how can I move to Canada” spiked by 1,150 percent on Super Tuesday. When it comes to divisive politics in the U.S., Donald Trump takes the cake — as his supporter base grows, so do his critics and detractors.
“So, my question to you is, how would you deal with an influx of American immigrants to Canada? Would you open your gates to American immigrants, or would you build a wall and make America pay for it?”
Though attendees laughed for good reason, the question pointed to the absurdity of Trump’s proposal — an idea for which controversial former Mexican President Vicente Fox told an interviewer, “I’m not going to pay for that fucking wall.”
Trudeau, grinning, responded to Fischer’s question:
“Every election season … there are people who swear that if the candidate they don’t like gets elected, they’re ‘Movin’ to Canada.’ If … over the past decades, that had been the case, we’d have more people in Canada than the United States right now — instead of being one-tenth your size. It becomes an easy thing to, you know, cry out.”
Trudeau explained that the two countries’ relationship means a constant flow of people moving from one side of the border to the other, but he declined to concede the possibility a Trump presidency would necessarily cause an overwhelming northward influx.
Nonetheless, Cape Breton Island on Canada’s eastern coast has unofficially offered itself as a political haven, of sorts, for Americans serious about leaving home. A radio DJ created a website, ostensibly in jest, touting the benefits of the island, which has experienced a population downturn. According to the site:
“Hi, Americans! Donald Trump may become the president of your country! If that happens, and you decide to get the hell out of there, might I suggest moving to Cape Breton Island!”
There were 2,000 hits on the site in the first few hours after it went live. Perhaps Trudeau doesn’t yet realize what’s coming in November.
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