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Cana­di­ans ready to wel­come trou­bled Amer­i­cans

At al­most 9,000 km long, the Cana­dian-Amer­i­can bor­der has be­come the fault line for Trump anx­i­ety.

While Donald Trump has spo­ken about build­ing a wall be­tween the US and Mex­ico to keep im­mi­grants out, it is Amer­i­cans who may be try­ing to flee.

Dur­ing this elec­tion’s vi­cious cam­paign cy­cle, the idea of Amer­i­cans head­ing to Canada be­came a po­lit­i­cal state­ment.

Celebri­ties like Snoop Dogg, Bryan Cranston, and Lena Dun­ham have threat­ened to move north of the bor­der to es­cape a Trump pres­i­dency. When that pos­si­bil­ity edged closer to a re­al­ity late Tues­day night, the Cana­dian gov­ern­ment’s Cit­i­zen­ship and Im­mi­gra­tion web­site crashed due to what of­fi­cials called “a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in the vol­ume of traf­fic.”

Statis­tics pro­vided by the gov­ern­ment in­di­cated over 200,000 peo­ple were try­ing to ac­cess the site at 11 pm when it crashed. Amer­i­can IP addresses ac­counted for some 50% of the traf­fic, in­stead of the usual 9% to 10%.

Still, few of these con­tem­plat­ing flee­ing have ac­tu­ally ex­panded on why they want to come to the coun­try be­sides the fact Mr Trump will not be head of state and that they see the coun­try as a friendly, pro­gres­sive refuge.

And if shell-shocked Amer­i­cans are seek­ing com­pany to pair with their mis­ery, Canada could be a haven. Mr Trump’s elec­tion vic­tory has left many Cana­di­ans in­cred­u­lous. “He has no po­lit­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence, he’s a busi­ness man, a re­al­ity-TV star and you blink and he’s the Amer­i­can pres­i­dent?” said a shocked Robert McNair, from Cam­bridge, On­tario about 150 km from Buf­falo, New York.

Paul De­skin, an Amer­i­can tourist from Con­necti­cut, couldn’t agree more.

“I just feel like my heart’s been ripped out, the coun­try I love votes for some­one with no in­tegrity,” he said. “I hope I’m wrong, and I will fight to make our coun­try a bet­ter coun­try, and I truly hope that Trump finds the right way to lead.”

Both men were vis­it­ing Ni­a­gara Falls, On­tario, a bor­der city and tourist hub that shares both the ma­jes­tic falls and a bor­der with New York State.

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