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.


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.


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

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