Canadian Island Flooded With Questions From Americans Fleeing Potential Trump Presidency


FEB 20, 2016 1:12 PM

CREDIT: AP PHOTO/MATT ROURKE

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, in North Charleston, S.C.

If the prospect of a Donald Trump presidency scares you enough to leave the United States, there’s an island home awaiting you.

Cape Breton Island touting Nova Scotia, Canada has attracted an overwhelming amount of attention of late after a new website said it would welcome American citizens to resettle there if Trump wins. The website was created by 39-year-old Canadian Rob Calabrese, who said it attracted more attention than he ever expected. Calabrese received over 2,000 responses, mostly from Americans, in one week alone. Many of the inquiries were genuinely interested in the prospect of relocating, Calabrese said.

“Don’t wait until Donald Trump is elected president to find somewhere else to live!” the website’s home page originally read, according to TIME. “Start now, that way, on election day, you just hop on a bus to start your new life in Cape Breton, where women are legally able to choose an abortion, Muslim people can roam freely, and the only ‘walls’ are holding up the roofs of our extremely affordable houses.”

The island’s official tourism agency has also been flooded with inquiries. Although it wasn’t responsible for the original suggestion that Americans fearing Trump should relocate to Cape Breton, a spokesperson told TIME that the island welcomes the recent attention.

Calabrese’s site has since toned down the anti-Trump rhetoric and said it will welcome Democrats, Republicans, or even the real estate mogul himself.

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates joked last month that he would move to Canada if Trump wins. On the other side of the aisle, Fox News stalwart Bill O’Reilly said he would move to Ireland if Bernie Sanders wins the presidency.

Though Trump’s rhetoric is particularly fiery, he is good company in the GOP presidential field when it comes to his positions on policy issues like immigration and the use of torture.

Source: thinkprogress.org

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