Caught an item on the late CTV news tonight that what is described as “quite a few” Americans are considering moving to Canada since Obama won the election.
You may think that’s a great idea – after all we’re just like you except we talk funny eh. Well, yes and no. Because Canada is inundated with American entertainment, you’re not going to miss your favourite television shows – we’ll have them somewhere on the dial. And you can be reasonably assured of better weather on Thanksgiving since ours is in early October, not late November. And there’s still football on Thanksgiving, although it may be the Canadian Football League (which supporters claim is superior to the American game – at least the field is larger). Those are a couple of the good things.
But, are you aware Canada has had socialized medicare since sometime in the last century? And did you know that same-sex marriage has been legal federally for at least the past five years? Oh yes, and gay rights are enshrined in our Bill of Rights. I understand Republicans have been opposed to these, so before you move here, you’d have to consider whether those could be deal-breakers or not. You’d also have to learn to put the “u” in words like neighbour and colour – that’s the law. No, seriously. Our first Prime Minister, Sir John A Macdonald, managed to get an act through Parliament that made the inclusion of the “u” the only legal spelling. One final thing – you’d have to leave your guns south of the border. Not allowed in Canada. And, if you’re from Washington or Colorado, sorry, but weed is not legal in Canada either.
We won’t get into the economics of your move to Canada other than to say you will pay more for the identical products.
So, given all this, are you sure you want to move to Canada?
Think about it and if you decide you can live with these differences, welcome eh.
Enjoy your weekend and remember to hug an artist – we need love too.