Canadian Island to Americans: Flee Trump, Come Here!

'Muslim people can roam freely,' website states
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 18, 2016 6:48 AM CST
Canadian Island to Americans: Flee Trump, Come Here!
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In a common election-year lament, more than a few people on Twitter have suggested they’ll move to Canada if Donald Trump becomes the next US president. Rob Calabrese has the perfect location in mind. On Monday, the Nova Scotia radio DJ set up a tongue-in-cheek website titled Cape Breton if Donald Trump Wins to showcase Cape Breton Island's charms and poke fun at Trump in the process, reports the National Post. "We're living on an island where the population is decreasing. As a joke, we thought of it to maybe get the word out there that, 'Hey, you should come here!'" Calabrese tells the Huffington Post. Among gorgeous photos of life on the island, home to 150,000, Calabrese spells out some of Cape Breton's perks: "Women can get abortions, Muslim people can roam freely, and the only 'walls' are holding up the roofs of our extremely affordable houses."

There's also free healthcare and "nobody has a hand gun," the site states. By Wednesday, it had received 35,000 unique visitors and Calabrese says he's been overwhelmed by hundreds of inquiries. "I'm in disbelief," he says. "It's been taken seriously by some people, which is great and not intended, but I'm going to help them out as best I can," he adds, per the CBC. One email posted to Calabrese's Facebook page reads: "I'm actually looking for a change of climate—environmental, cultural, political—for a while now. I know this is a bit of a lark, but seriously I can't deal with Trump." "I know I wouldn't want to live in a country where he's leader," Calabrese tells CTV News. "There are millions of people on this continent who, if they knew about the lifestyle here on Cape Breton, they would think, 'This is for me.'" (Watch Johnny Depp mock Trump here.)

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