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zombie-a-go-go
08-05-2005, 12:36 PM
OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadians can put away those extra welcome mats -- it seems Americans unhappy about the result of last November's presidential election have decided to stay at home after all.

In the days after President Bush won a second term, the number of U.S. citizens visiting Canada's main immigration Web site shot up sixfold, prompting speculation that unhappy Democrats would flock north.

But official statistics show the number of Americans actually applying to live permanently in Canada fell in the six months after the election.

On the face of it this is not good news -- Canada is one of the few major nations seeking to attract immigrants -- but Immigration Minister Joe Volpe was philosophical.

"We'll take talent from wherever it is resident in the world. I was absolutely elated to see the number of hits and then my staff said 'You know what? A hit on the Internet is after all just a hit'," he told Reuters on Thursday.

"I guess I'm happy Republicans and Democrats have found a way to live together in peace and in harmony," he said.

Canada generally tilts more to the social and political left than the United States.

Data from the main Canadian processing center in Buffalo, NY shows that in the six months up to the U.S. election there were 16,266 applications from people seeking to live in Canada, a figure that fell to 14,666 for the half year after the vote.

A spokeswoman for Canada's federal immigration ministry declined to speculate on the reasons for the drop.

Toby Condliffe, who heads the Canadian chapter of Democrats Abroad, did have an explanation of sorts.

"I can only assume the Americans who checked out the Web site subsequently checked out our winter temperatures and further took note that the National Hockey League was being locked out and had second thoughts," he told Reuters.

Last year, Canada, which has a population of about 32 million, accepted 235,808 immigrants from all over the world.

Blimpie
08-05-2005, 01:01 PM
Sounds like they can cancel the parade for Alec Baldwin, eh?

RedFanAlways1966
08-05-2005, 01:04 PM
"I guess I'm happy Republicans and Democrats have found a way to live together in peace and in harmony," he said.

Toby Condliffe, who heads the Canadian chapter of Democrats Abroad, did have an explanation of sorts. "I can only assume the Americans who checked out the Web site subsequently checked out our winter temperatures and further took note that the National Hockey League was being locked out and had second thoughts," he told Reuters.

Perhaps they can all live together... but what is this peace and harmony thing??!?!? :laugh:

People did not go b/c of the NHL lockout??? I hope this guy was laughing when he said that. Nothing against the NHL (I'm not a big fan, but do watch it on TV), but I'd be willing to bet my life savings and my dog that he is way off on that one. How many Canadian teams are there in the NHL anyhow? I'd venture to guess that there are more U.S. teams. I am sure that my Democrat friends here in the U.S. hope this Toby Condliffe stays north.

Now what was the real reason? Could it be idle threats by those who said it (Alec B., do you hear me??)? People blowing hot air? Maybe the U.S., even with a AWOL/cocaine/DUI president from the other side, is a better place than our neighbor up north? I am really perplexed by this. Hmmmmm.

Roy Tucker
08-05-2005, 01:07 PM
I saw a flock of Canada Geese here in the US last evening.

Is that the same thing?

RedFanAlways1966
08-05-2005, 01:11 PM
I saw a flock of Canada Geese here in the US last evening.

Is that the same thing?

:D

I am not sure, Roy. Maybe they needed to see a doctor before the 6-month waiting period?

Were the geese flocking to the U.S. from Canada or was it just a flock of Canadian geese visiting our wonderful country? We could ask good ol' Mr. Owl... he always knew that it took 3 licks to get to the center of that Tootsie Roll Tootsie-Pop. And he probably knows more about the animal thing than us (but not Steve Irwin).

Rojo
08-05-2005, 01:12 PM
Canada generally tilts more to the social and political left than the United States.

As does Britain, France, Germany, Japan, Belgium, etc....

National healthcare, gay rights, medicinal marijuana, now if weren't just so damn cold.

KronoRed
08-05-2005, 01:44 PM
Australia is the place to go, nice beaches and warm weather in December :D

GIK
08-05-2005, 02:02 PM
I'm dating (and proposing to in, oh, a few weeks or so) a Canadian...what does that make me? :alien:

RedFanAlways1966
08-05-2005, 02:05 PM
I'm dating (and proposing to in, oh, a few weeks or so) a Canadian...what does that make me? :alien:

Uh, umm, errr... madly in love with your soulmate? :beerme:

p.s. - Good luck, GIK, and congrats!

KronoRed
08-05-2005, 02:06 PM
Half an Eh?

;)

registerthis
08-05-2005, 02:12 PM
I'm dating (and proposing to in, oh, a few weeks or so) a Canadian...what does that make me? :alien:
A Canadican.

pedro
08-05-2005, 02:13 PM
Australia is the place to go, nice beaches and warm weather in December :D

Plus it's just fun to say "Krono" with an Aussie accent.

pedro
08-05-2005, 02:15 PM
I'm dating (and proposing to in, oh, a few weeks or so) a Canadian...what does that make me? :alien:

Eligible for a Green card (or equivalent) in Canada.

Good to keep those options open ;)

KronoRed
08-05-2005, 02:18 PM
Plus it's just fun to say "Krono" with an Aussie accent.

I do chat with an Ausslie lady..I need to get her to say Krono and record it :laugh:

pedro
08-05-2005, 02:24 PM
I do chat with an Ausslie lady..I need to get her to say Krono and record it :laugh:

They love to make nick names by adding an O on the end of the persons name (if that person has one syllable name).

Johno
Jacko
etc.

creek14
08-05-2005, 02:49 PM
They love to make nick names by adding an O on the end of the persons name (if that person has one syllable name).

Johno
Jacko
etc.
So is your name really Pedr?

M2
08-05-2005, 02:53 PM
Canada was a blast last weekend. Warm too.

LvJ
08-05-2005, 03:03 PM
I went to Canada when Clinton was in office. :runaway:





For a baseball game... but still. :dunno:

Falls City Beer
08-05-2005, 03:48 PM
Australians unfortunately have their own "W" right now.

Reds/Flyers Fan
08-05-2005, 03:53 PM
Australians unfortunately have their own "W" right now.

A two-term president who collected the most ever votes cast in winning re-election?

SunDeck
08-05-2005, 03:56 PM
I'm dating (and proposing to in, oh, a few weeks or so) a Canadian...what does that make me? :alien:

Coo loo coo coo coo coo coo coo!

Good luck.

Reds/Flyers Fan
08-05-2005, 03:58 PM
I saw a flock of Canada Geese here in the US last evening.

Is that the same thing?

I drank a Labatts last night. Great beer. Now if only they could get over that hockey obsession.