I've been hearing a lot of people lately, who are frightened by the prospect of a McCain/Palin victory, stating that if worse comes to worse they will "go to Canada." The "move to Canada" movement has really taken off lately with the introduction of the strangest vice presidential nominee to date. So, as I was reading the comments from people, I began to wonder; has anyone checked with Canada about this?
Now, I didn't actually contact the Canadian government, but I did check their immigration website, Citizen and Immigration Canada, which outlines the process for emigrating to their country. The good news is that we might just have a shot. If you peruse the site, you'll see that there are various ways to apply for immigration status.
One way that particularly struck me was as a refugee. Now, in the past, I don't think that the US would ever have been considered a country from which people had to search for asylum, but things have certainly changed. This explanation from their website made a great deal of sense to me:
Refugees and people needing protection are those in or outside Canada who fear returning to their home country. In keeping with its humanitarian tradition and international obligations, Canada provides protection to thousands of people every year.
Canada offers refugee protection to people in Canada who fear persecution or who may be at risk of torture or cruel and unusual treatment or punishment, and are unwilling or unable to return to their home country.
Sounds a bit like us, doesn't it?
Now, the only other option for those of us who fear the thought of a McCalin/Palin administration is to succeed from the union. This poses a problem, however, because we are geographically scattered. Even if the New York area were to leave, I would feel really guilty about leaving our California friends behind.
No, it looks like it has to be Canada.
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