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Canada, home for US liberals

It’s a refrain heard every four years: “If [insert Republican name] is elected president, I’m moving to Canada.”

world Updated: Nov 05, 2012 02:10 IST

It’s a refrain heard every four years: “If [insert Republican name] is elected president, I’m moving to Canada.” The pledge comes mostly from left-leaning Americans who view Canada, with its universal health care and cultural progressiveness, as a liberal refuge from Red State America.

Cher recently declared on Twitter that she could not "breathe the same air" as Mitt Romney. Susan Sarandon and George Lopez have both cited Canada as a potential escape. But has anyone asked the Canadians what they might think of a sudden influx of lefty Americans?



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In truth, many Canadians would welcome the influx of disenchanted Obama supporters. The sentiment is echoed in business circles.

The image of Canada as a political haven for Americans goes back centuries. But recent history suggests that few actually follow through.

While the number of US citizens who permanently reside in Canada doubled during George W Bush’s presidency, researchers say it had little to do with elections. NYT