Canada Chuckles as US Voters Swear They'll Storm Border
Switching countries is no easy task
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Nov 6, 2012 11:26 AM CST
A young girl hides behind a small Canadian flag during the annual Canada Day parade in Montreal, Sunday, July 1, 2012.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press,Graham Hughes)

(Newser) – We've all heard the refrain: "I'm moving to Canada if Barack Obama/Mitt Romney doesn't win the election." Writing in the Washington Post, Max Fisher finds that many Canadians would be happy to welcome Americans—particularly the Democrats who tend to make the claim. Asked how they feel about the immigration threats, one Canadian Twitter user responds: "I think it's fine. We share North American values. Canada needs skilled workers + someone to talk NFL with."

Adds another: "Cool by me as long as it's only the good ones. But do they know about our winter?" Others were a little less welcoming. "Build the dang fence!" posts one. The promises to move aren't often kept, a Canadian immigration lawyer tells Discovery, given that immigration doesn't soar after each election. A northward migration is a lot more complicated than it might sound, and lately, it's gotten even tougher, notes Forbes. You'd need to seek permanent residency, through a job offer or marriage, for instance. Even after that, becoming a citizen is a years-long process.

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Nov 8, 2012 11:03 AM CST
Moving to Canada?? Sure, just make sure you bring plenty of USD. Prices there are INSANE - surely the result of the SOCIALIST POLICIES.
Nov 7, 2012 3:28 AM CST
As someone who actually did this, I assure you its not easy to become a Canadian. It takes years, it's expensive, and you won't be able to get a job in Canada until you get a work permit (which takes time, though for some professions less time than for other professions). The Republicans who claim they're moving to Canada are perfect examples of why that party keeps losing: they don't really think things through very well. Canada's "center" would be called wildly liberal by US standards. Gay marriage, personal use of pot, gun control, abortion -- all legal, plus the universal healthcare, protections for the poor, worker's rights, etc. ... funny how our economy is booming, you would think Satan would have opened up a portal to hell for all the "sinning" we're doing ...
Nov 6, 2012 11:02 PM CST
LOL I don't think the tea partiers will like it up here in Canada...If they think Obama is a socialist and they hate the NPR, just wait till they find out about the decades entrenched healthcare system and publicly funded CBC