Skip to comments.Distraught Dems: Don't Defect to Canada Just Yet
Posted on 11/03/2004 6:07:49 PM PST by wagglebee
Bad news for despairing Democrats: Canada must wait.
The Great White North, which allows Al-Jazeera but still bans Fox News, isn't as welcoming to Americans as you might have thought.
After the drubbing Democrats took in yesterday's elections, many are probably feeling like Vietnam draft-dodgers of the 1960s that Canada would be a better place to live.
Well, for many Democrats that's probably true. If Canada is anything, it is a haven for left-wing, socialist-minded individuals who share a disdain for the freedom-minded, war-on-terror-fighting, tax-cutting Bush administration.
But liberal Dems who are planning to "escape" the "tyranny" of President Bush's second term and see Canada as Xanadu shouldn't pack their bags just yet.
Perhaps expecting a throng of American ex-pats in the event of a Bush victory, Canadian immigration officials are laying down the law.
"You just can't come into Canada and say 'I'm going to stay here.' In other words, there has to be an application. There has to be a reason why the person is coming to Canada," ministry spokeswoman Maria Iadinardi told Reuters.
And, she added, that process can take up to one year.
Call it a "cooling-off period."
That may be a good thing for disgruntled Dems because, according to Canadian immigration officials, more Americans are leaving the country than applying for citizenship or work permits.
Why? Blame it on liberalism. Canada "has a creaking, publicly-funded healthcare system and relatively high levels of personal taxation," Reuters reports.
Canadian officials note that U.S. workers in-country dropped to 15,789 in 2002 from 21,627 in 2000. And, Reuters reports, "early indicators on Wednesday showed little sign of this changing."
Still, it may be worth the wait. Liberal Democrats like government health care and higher taxes.
One problem, though. What's this about Canada actually enforcing its immigration laws? Liberal Democrats think borders between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico should be dissolved, so no question this business of having to wait a year to emigrate is disheartening, to say the least.
Well, if enough U.S. liberals emigrate, maybe they can help the Canadian government change that policy someday, thereby making it easier for future generations of disgruntled leftists to emigrate north as well, should a Republican win the presidency again.
For now, though, while there's no question Canada would be, politically, a better match for most supporters of Sens. John Kerry and John Edwards, getting there won't be as easy as they might have thought.
And if all else fails . . .
By all means...go...go to Canad and France...just don't come back.
Take their cheap drugs but don`t come back here for health care when you can`t get treated up there.
maybe we can trade canada our liberals for their conservatives.
Showing off a brand-spankin' new tagline.
I'll even spring for bus fare!
No it can't, don't listen to them. Canada loves you and has the same anti-American feelings you do. They worship draft dodgers, socialized medicine and prescription dope for hang nails. Go now, it's Mecca!
I do a lot of business with Canadians from Manitoba, and they're great people. I think we should trade all of the blue states for some prime hunting and fishing land.
Reminds me of that AC/DC song: "Have a Drink on ME"
They can all follow Teeereeeyzaah back to Mozambique.
Life is GOOD!
this canadian freeper wish they go to Europe instead.
as we see in the county maps most of the counties in blue states are still red. this is true of my county in new jersey and quite a few others. its a shame such a concentration of commies can cause so much trouble.
I was in British Columbia in July. Cigarettes cost $10 a pack. That's $100 a carton. The no-smoking nazis are winning.
This was a GREAT READ!
I probably shouldn't say this, but visible minorites could probably get into Canada quickly and easily with welfare, free health 'care' and everything else if they can fake being a refugee from some 3rd world nation.
There are many who fly here, flush their passorts on the plane, and get in that way.
Nonsense! By all means..go! Just don't come back.
Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!
Detroit is the perfect staging ground to wait out the year.
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