Watch CBS News

Anti-Trump Americans Are Canada Dreamin' But So Far No Exodus

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) -- Now that Trump is President-Elect, who's going to take off to Canada?

Celebrities from Miley Cyrus to Whoopi Goldberg to Snoop Dogg all promised to cross the northern border if the billionaire won the election.

Social media is thick with examples, too.

Bruce and Sasha MacFarlane of San Francisco posted a message encouraging her friends to join her and her husband on some property owned by her family on Cape Breton Island.

"Let's all move to a commune in Canada," the post read. "Bruce and I own a lovely house on 120 acres in Eastern Canada … who's coming with us?"

Are they serious?

"Naw, just fooling around," said Bruce.  "Why would we leave California?"

Sasha said it was good to have an alternative.

"It's nice to know that there's a beautiful place like Canada that's waiting for us with open arms if things get a little too ugly," she said.

"There's a river. We can fish, farm.  I mean I was saving it for the zombie apocalypse.  But I think we're going to need it sooner rather than later."

Canadian Paul Scott says his own kids have joked that maybe they should move.  "I think it's a bad idea," he said."

Scott believes Americans should work things out here before deciding to move.

The Canadian immigration web site has been intermittantly showing an error message, as it has been overwhelmed by people investigating what it would take to move there.

It would take thousands of dollars, between application fees and lawyers.  And it would take time. Skilled laborers would have to wait 6 months to a year for their papers to be processed. It could take self-employed workers 95 months. About the length of a two term president.

Sasha said the feedback to her Facebook post has been positive.

"They feel like this is not their president. A lot of them are minorities or immigrants or members of the LGBT community. So they were excited to go.  They said, 'sign us up. We're coming with you." And we'll see what happens in 4 or 8 years."

No major exodus so far. Snoop Dogg, while upset about the election of Trump, also is praising the passing of Proposition 64; the legalization of recreational marijuana.  Maybe he will stay after all.

View CBS News In
CBS News App Open
Chrome Safari Continue
Be the first to know
Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting.