Now that George W. Bush has won another four years in the Whitehouse, some Americans who do not like this are planning to move outside the USA.
Over the past several months. I have seen people searching Google for Americans moving to Canada, and ending up on this humor page on my site.
However, it turns out that this is for real. The CBC reports that disenchanted Americans have flooded Canada's immigration web site. More coverage can be found at the BBC, US vote boosts interest in Canada where Reuters reports that Canada's Immigration web site on average gets 20,000 hits per day. It was visited 115,016 times on Wednesday. The figure dropped on Thursday, but was still higher than normal at 65,803.
I wonder if this post on Slashdot about moving to Canada did start this or help increase the numbers. It is known as the "Slashdot Effect", and drive traffic to a site through the roof.
Among the technical geek community of Slashdot, there has been some mention of moving to Canada if Bush wins. Some did make the move before that, and were sharing their experience of moving to Canada and elsewhere.
At least some Americans have really taken the matter of moving to Canada seriously. One visitor to my site said that while he was looking for information on Mandrake Linux, he happened to stumble on my web site, and the Canadian humor section. He adds:
"Great stuff, especially as I meander my way through Canadian immigration process. Martin might not be anything to write home about and seem to race to the floor when he sees Bush, but I think you are much better off up there than down here."
Some satirical sites that cropped up lately, are MarryAnAmerican which has been visited by 14,000 visitors from Monday to Thursday Nov 4, 2004 (See CTV's article Website proposes marriage for Bush dodgers) and VirtualCanadian where those who are not ready to move can register to be virtual Canadians.
See also how American army deserters are seeking political asylum in Canada.