February 7, 2005


Some in U.S. voting with their feet (Rick Lyman The New York Times)

In the Niagara of liberal angst just after Bush's victory on Nov. 2, the Canadian government's immigration Web site reported a surge in inquiries from the United States, to about 115,000 a day from 20,000.

After three months, memories of the election have begun to recede. There has been an inauguration, even a State of the Union address.

Yet immigration lawyers say that Americans are not just making inquiries and that more are pursuing a move above the 49th parallel, fed up with a country they see drifting persistently to the right and abandoning the principles of tolerance, compassion and peaceful idealism they felt once defined the nation.

America is in no danger of emptying out. But even a small loss of population, many from a deep sense of political despair, is a significant event in the life of a nation that thinks of itself as a place to escape to. Firm numbers on potential immigrants are elusive.

A loss of population would indeed be a concern, but swapping a few secularists for the 10,000+ immigrants we get every day from Christian Latin America is just good public policy.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 7, 2005 11:11 AM

And yet this article fails to mention that the number of immigrants from Canada to the US exceeds the number who go the other direction.

Bias, or incompetence?

Posted by: John Thacker at February 7, 2005 11:16 AM

How could anyone ever want to leave Trudeautopia?

Posted by: Sandy P at February 7, 2005 11:38 AM

Hey! Either that article's a repeat or Key is talking to anyone who will listen.

Posted by: Sandy P at February 7, 2005 11:40 AM

Of course many of us will wish them well, and even help them pack. However, let's not fool ourselves, this will have almost no positive (national) political impact. These guys will continue to vote, and the places they tend to come from will gladly continue to mail them absentee ballots indefinitely (Rachel Corrie is a registered voter in King County). Moreover, they can continue to donate money to all the Leftist causes (including the DNC) that they used to.

Posted by: Moe from NC at February 7, 2005 12:48 PM

Far too often Leftists are only willing to subject "little brown people" in faraway places to their utopian ideals while living comfortably in the US. At least in Canada they will be living in a society where they are subject to the kind of laws and society they claim to prefer.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at February 7, 2005 2:00 PM

This article was on Drudge today and in the IHT.

When I read it what struck me, as it does with all these articles, is the occupations of the prospective emigrants. One is a linguistics professor, another a magazine editor, yet another works for a charitable foundation, and the fourth is a 40 year old financial planner so inept that he cannot find a job with a Canadian firm, at a time when Canadian financial planners regularly come to the States. As we all know, a society just can't survive without its linguistics professors and magazine editors.

Maybe, Canada could build a Statue of Irrelevance. 'Give us your pompous and your peacenik. Your sanctimonious wimps yearning to pay twice as much in taxes to stand in line for our Third World quality medical care...'

Moe's point about them hanging around our political system like a Broward County chad even after they leave is a good one. Perhaps, we can eliminate dual citizenship or perhaps we could merely require anyone who leaves under these circumstances to surrender theirs as they go, promising never to return and agreeing to DNA and retinal scans to prevent them from doing so.

Posted by: Bart at February 7, 2005 2:06 PM

I will gladly help any of them pack and move.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at February 7, 2005 4:53 PM

"As we all know, a society just can't survive without its linguistics professors and magazine editors."

And puppeteers. Don't forget the puppeteers.

Posted by: AC at February 7, 2005 6:20 PM

One question quizzes: Do you think Bush is a chimp? Take the red carpet to Canada. Do you have a family and pray every day? Let me roll out the red [state] carpet...

Posted by: Matt Murphy at February 7, 2005 9:26 PM