Some really did move to Canada in response to Trump's presidency

Nov. 10, 2017

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During the 2016 election, many swore they'd move to Canada if Donald Trump took office.

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Miley Cyrus, Snoop Dogg, Barbara Streisand and Lena Dunham were among the legion of folks that said they'd migrate north.

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But when Trump won the election, there was only a tiny increase in Canadian citizenship applications — nothing significant.

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Politics did move the needle for some Americans, however.

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Cori Carl, a 30-something managing director, ditched her Brooklyn apartment for permanent residency in Toronto.

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Carl felt the backlash against Barack Obama was palpable, and was "really nervous" about what life would be like once he left office.

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“It was only moving to Toronto that I’m realizing how much discrimination and bias there was in New York," she said.

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A 33-year-old software engineer currently living in Indiana has been working to get his family to Victoria, British Columbia, for more than a year.

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The father of two cites "hatred coming from all directions,” constant war and less-than-stellar health care options for wanting to get out of the states.

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Linda, a 69-year-old recent retiree, decided to spend the next chapter of her life in the tiny town of Clemensport, Nova Scotia.

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Linda feared Trump was going to mess with her Social Security, and she wouldn't be able to afford Medicare if she retired.

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Linda and her husband live near the water and spend their evenings watching the sunset and the gigantic tides of the Bay of Fundy.

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"We just watch and we just keep saying, ‘We’re so happy.’ We love it,” she said. 

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