|Canadians do not find this funny for some reason.|
obviously not quite as much.
Also, I wish you all peace, prosperity and many freedoms in the years ahead. Fingers crossed.
I apologize, dear American readers, but that is my primary response to the American presidential election. Hopefully Canada remains way below the radar as usual. Hopefully Prime Minister Trudeau doesn't embarrass us in any egregious way.
Meanwhile I object to the "I'm moving to Canada" meme. Canada is not a protectorate of the USA. She is an entirely different sovereign country with her own history, with parliamentary democracy, with a monarch and with one heck of an immigration process. Canadians are not just quiet Americans--oh, and by the way, any foreigner who moves to the province of Quebec has to send their children to French-language school. I believe this has come as a shock to visiting American and British academics, but there it is. English-speakers are marginalized in the entire province of Quebec; unless you speak fluent French, you don't want to live there. Meanwhile, house prices in Toronto are shocking.
No-one can "just move to Canada" unless he or she is a Canadian. Everyone else needs a visa. This "I'm moving to Canada" thing reminds me of left-wing, Democrat-voting students in Massachusetts telling me Canada is independent only because the USA allows her to be. If successful in getting visas, such people should leave this attitude south of the border, along with any handguns.
Meanwhile, I object to any peace-time mass migration on principle--I think it is terrible for migrants, their host countries and the poor countries they leave behind--so naturally I object to mass migration of Americans to Canada, too. Controlled, steady migration is fine. My family has migrated back and forth over the border over the centuries; it's worked out nicely for us and, I hope, Canada.
Oh dear. It may be a tough day listening to British people opine on the subject of the USA. On the other hand, my confusing accent may stem the flow. This is Scotland, so nobody is likely to ask me how I voted, but if they do, I will explain that I am Canadian and think the Americans can vote for whomsoever they like, just as long as the new president leaves Canada alone.
And now I shall check Rzeczpospolita to see what Putin is doing.