Donald Trump said he'd be doing a "great, great thing" for the U.S. if his election prompted several celebrities to leave the country. (Photo: Bloomberg)
Actress Lena Dunham says she'd move to Canada if Donald Trump gets elected president. (Photo: AP)The show put up pictures of other famous Americans who promised to leave if their country elects the Mexican-wall-building, import-tax-threatening, Muslim-travel-banning celebrity. They included actress Rosie O'Donnell and comedians Goldberg and Jon Stewart. Trump has had a long-running feud with some of them. Stewart had actually joked about going far beyond the land next door: "I would consider getting in a rocket and going to another planet," he said earlier this year. "Because clearly, this planet's gone bonkers."
Trudeau downplaying the Trump-triggered exodusAmericans would have several options, should they seek to immigrate: Study in Canada, marry a Canadian, invest in a business, or apply through the regular points program. Otherwise, Canada only allows them to spend six months as tourists. Trump's platform doesn't specifically mention Canada often — certainly nowhere nearly as much as Mexico. However, he has repeatedly mused about ripping up the NAFTA trade deal. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been asked during recent trips to the United States about talk of a Trump-triggered exodus. He has downplayed it, noting that threats to leave the U.S. emerge in every election — yet the Canada-U.S. population gap remains intact. He's correct that the phenomenon goes way back. The day after George W. Bush's re-election in 2004, Canada's immigration website smashed its then-record for single-day visits.
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