That’s It. Next Stop: Canada

1 Aug

Vietnam War - Viet Cong Base after US AttackIt turns out all those people who said they were going to “move to Canada” if George Bush was elected for a second term weren’t kidding. ABC news reported yesterday that the number of Americans moving to Canada reached a 30 year high in 2006.

The number of U.S. citizens who moved to Canada last year hit a 30-year high, with a 20 percent increase over the previous year and almost double the number who moved in 2000.

In 2006, 10,942 Americans went to Canada, compared with 9,262 in 2005 and 5,828 in 2000, according to a survey by the Association for Canadian Studies.

Paul Kedrosky highlighted this article out today on his blog, but failed to point out one obvious connection: what was happening 30 years ago? The Vietnam war had justed reached its close, and an entire generation of Americans was fed up with its government and a war they deemed as unnecessary and detrimental to our society. Sound familiar?

It is, of course, negligent to fail to mention that before jumping to the conclusion that whole swaths of the country are moving north, remember that the border still booms in the opposite direction:

Of course, those numbers are still outweighed by the number of Canadians going the other way. Yet, that imbalance is shrinking. Last year, 23,913 Canadians moved to the United States, a significant decrease from 29,930 in 2005.

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