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Should We Move To Canada?

Should We Move To Canada?

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Should we move to Canada if Donald Trump wins the election?

Here’s what The View’s Raven-Symoné had to say about it:

“My confession for this election is, if any Republican gets nominated, I’m gonna move to Canada with my entire family.  Is that bad? I already have my ticket. I literally bought my ticket, I swear.”

Sorry, hun.  Did you mean if any Republican gets elected? Not to get caught up in linguistics though.

Raven-Symoné is just one of several people who are considering crossing the border this November.  Among the others are Whoopi Goldberg, Neve Campbell, Al Sharpton, Rosie O’Donnell and Lena Dunham. Some people might actually be happy about Hannah Horvath taking her millennial angst and penchant for constant nudity out of America.  One of those people might be Fox Sports Analyst Clay Travis who took to Periscope to declare just how much he hates “this bitch”.  I’m also sure you’ve noticed that a lot of past and present hosts of The View are on this celeb shortlist.  It’s like Canada has some kind of endorsement deal with ABC.

Some critics of the Canada movement might even say that those who want to abandon the US are part of the problem.  But living abroad is often fun, cool, and eye-opening.  It might even be better.

"I have more political experience under my belt than one of the two candidates.  If you compare my political resume with Donald Trump’s, my 2-year term as Navarre High School Class President officially gives me the competitive edge."

Things are tense here in America.  The deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling are just the latest two examples that prove racism is still alive and well in America.  Plus, we’re in the middle of a nasty presidential campaign season full of mudslinging and insults.  And I have more political experience under my belt than one of the two candidates.  If you compare my political resume with Donald Trump’s, my 2-year term as Navarre High School Class President officially gives me the competitive edge.

With all this madness going on, why wouldn’t people want to leave the US?

Think about it. Would you keep working for a company that just hired a CEO who knows nothing about business? If you had the choice between sleeping in your apartment or an insane asylum, which one would you choose?

Some people think it isn’t patriotic to leave the country.  These people also think that hanging a tacky, dollar-store American flag from their apartment balconies is the ultimate act of patriotism.

"A quarter of new mothers return to work within 2 weeks of giving birth because there aren’t any federal job protections in place."

Those same people criticize Canada for its socialist policies.  But when I look at the pros and cons of living in each country, I definitely start to side with our northern sibling.  In Canada, new mothers get a full year to bond with and raise their new babies.  You know, considering that these babies are the future of their nation and all, this is a pretty awesome policy.  Moms can even split this time with dads so everyone gets time with the baby. The US is a different and sadder story.  Huffington Post reported that a quarter of new mothers return to work within 2 weeks of giving birth because there aren’t any federal job protections in place.  Some companies have great policies.  Many others don’t.  Some moms are literally pushing out their babies and then jumping in a cab to head to work.

Health insurance in Canada is universal. And free. Regardless of race, economic status, profession, or any other defining characteristic.  Everybody has access.  While Obamacare has helped drastically reduce the amount of uninsured people in America by more than 11 million, healthcare is not free.  And in many cases, it’s also not affordable.  And if you don’t have it, you can be penalized.  So even if you don’t want the insurance, you still have to pay.

"You’re more likely to die from alcohol poisoning than gunshot wounds in Canada."

And then there’s gun control.  A lot of people in the US are arguing against gun reform.  In Canada, you have to go through a background check, hold a license, and undergo a pretty intense safety training before you can own a gun.  And their gun deaths are 5 times less than that of the US.  In fact, you’re more likely to die from alcohol poisoning than gunshot wounds in Canada.  So if you move across the border and scale back your binge drinking, you’ve got a great shot of living until at least 90.

I’m not saying that the US isn’t a great place to live.  But Canada definitely has some shit figured out that we have yet to get our hands wrapped around.  I’m not telling you to move, but…

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