Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Even if Trump becomes president Americans should not come to Canada

When Donald Trump won big on Super Tuesday in the race to become the presidential contender for the Republicans in the next election, searches for "how to move to Canada" jumped well over 1,000 percent in one day.

Perhaps the floodgates will be open and we will need to build a wall to keep Americans out — just as Trump wants a wall along the Mexican border with the U.S. to keep out Mexicans. Maybe if Trump wins, the flow will reverse itself. The idea of building a wall along the U.S. border with Canada is not new:
Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin,.. has been ridiculed online since raising the idea of building a mammoth security wall along the Canada-U.S. border.Now, perhaps Canada should revive the idea to keep Americans out. A UK comedy show has a scheme that shows considerable entrepreneurial skill to fund the wall, as shown on the appended video.
We used to have a federal investor program in which you could effectively buy citizenship but this has been discontinued at the federal level. It will be difficult to move to Canada unless you have quite a bit of money. Claiming refugee status because Trump is president is not likely to work. He cannot be that bad a person since all the other Republican candidates vow to support him if they do not win the nomination. It could have been worse. Hillary Clinton could have won.
Just to start the process, you need to help to reduce the Canadian debt:To begin, there is a $75 non-refundable application fee, and another $475 non-refundable fee for the principal application for permanent residence. If you would like to bring a spouse, be ready to cough up an additional $550, also non-refundable. Have children or other family members? That will be another $150 each and, you guessed it, if your application is denied, you don’t get your money back.
If you are self-employed or an entrepreneur you will need to pay a $1,050 fee for a permanent resident visa application. For a family of four you can end up paying between $1,400 and $1,975 to simply ask. Then come the costs of relocation.
According to Yahoo News:“A family of four looking to relocate inside Toronto, close to transit and all the business in the city, may be looking at about $3,000 a month in rent. That's before utilities, which could cost about $200 a month extra. If you're cool with about a 2-hour commute to the city, you could find a place in Toronto's suburbs for about $1,500 a month, but because landlords are not required to pay any utilities — including heat, water or air conditioning — the costs can really rack up. And good luck if you're looking for all this without a job set up in advance."Vancouver would be just as bad. Prices might be better in Alberta now but then there are no jobs there as the province's economy is very dependent on oil production.
Our Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, welcomed Americans planning to come to America at a global town hall meeting hosted by HuffPost Canada:"Cape Breton is lovely, all times of the year. I'm not going to pick a fight with Donald Trump right now. But I'm not going to support him either, obviously. I prefer to trust that my American friends will exercise their democratic rights with a level of the wisdom of crowds that always ends up coming through in a democracy.The reality is that we will work alongside our neighbors and allies regardless of the political choices they make."
Trudeau refused to say which presidential candidate he supports. He noted that in the past there have been many times when despite differences of ideologies between Canadian prime ministers and U.S. presidents, relationships have been positive and constructive.
A number of American celebrities have threatened to move to Canada should Trump win including: Rev. Al Sharpton, Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O’Donnell and Cher. Jon Stewart had an even more extreme reaction, saying that he planned to escape Earth altogether. He is obviously a believer in U.S. imperialism. Ron Calabrese, a Canadian radio host, noted that Cape Breton has the most affordable housing market in North America.
The idea of fleeing to Canada phenomenon is not new. When George W. Bush had a commanding lead over John Kerry in the polls, the number of Canadian immigration applications tripled. Visits to the Immigration Department website went from 20,000 a day to 115,000 the day after Bush won the election. Although a few Americans followed through, the number of Americans coming to Canada the following year was unchanged. Most Americans will stay put even if Trump wins. Rush Limbaugh, the conservative radio host, promised he would move to Costa Rica if the Affordable Care Act passed but still lives in Palm Beach Florida. However, if you don't like long winters and plenty of cold weather in most of the country Costa Rica might be a better choice to move to than Canada.

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