Throughout this 2012 presidential election a common saying among the supporters of both parties is, “If the opposing candidate wins, I’m moving to Canada.” Well, now that President Obama has been officially reelected, many Romney supporters claim it’s time to pack up their bags and head to the Great White North. But how much bite is there behind their bark?
Research shows that since the end of this election a huge spike in Google searches related to moving to Canada have appear in strongly Conservative states such as Texas and actually extremely liberal states such as California and Illinois.
However, these US immigrants that are dead set on leaving the United States to avoid Obama’s next four years might be disappointed by what they find in Canada. First of all immigration policy in Canada for the past few years has tightened considerably. These days the cost of immigration paperwork for a family of 3 can cost upwards of 2,000 dollars and it can take many years to get through the system. As Henry Chang states, “Don’t just assume you will be able to cross the border because you don’t like it in the U.S. anymore.”
Secondly, Canada is in actuality more liberal than the United States. Being that Canada is a much more socialist country than the U.S.— what with its universal health care and legalized gay marriage— conservatives may find it more against their political beliefs than the U.S.
So even though Canadians are for the most part open and flattered by the U.S. Citizen’s interest in immigrating, they do not believe that a wave of U.S. immigrants will be coming any time soon. Seeing as it’s a difficult and costly process to immigrate and Canada is seemingly more liberal than the U.S, it is unlikely that politically frustrated U.S citizens will immigrate unless they have other good reasons such as monetary profit.