Sunday, August 14, 2005


Disappointing News

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.

Oh well, it was nice to imagine hordes of discontented leftist extremists heading north, but then I guess we knew all along it was just more empty blather. I'm still waiting for Alec Baldwin to pack up and get out of the country, which he promised to do in 2000. Oh, and I guess Robert Redford took a look at those European taxes (and the money to be made in the European film industry) and decided not to move to Europe, either.

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