Unhappy Democrats Will Be Forced To Wait To Move Away From Bush's America To Canada

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    priceless, is alec baldwin the first to go?

    http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20041103/us_nm/election_canada_haven_dc&e=3U.S. National - Reuters

    Unhappy Democrats Need to Wait to Get Into Canada

    48 minutes ago U.S. National - Reuters


    By David Ljunggren

    OTTAWA (Reuters) - Disgruntled Democrats seeking a safe Canadian haven after President Bush (news - web sites) won Tuesday's election should not pack their bags just yet.

    Canadian officials made clear on Wednesday that any U.S. citizens so fed up with Bush that they want to make a fresh start up north would have to stand in line like any other would-be immigrants -- a wait that can take up to a year.


    "You just can't come into Canada and say 'I'm going to stay here'. In other words, there has to be an application. There has to be a reason why the person is coming to Canada," said immigration ministry spokeswoman Maria Iadinardi.


    There are anywhere from 600,000 to a million Americans living in Canada, a country that leans more to the left than the United States and has traditionally favored the Democrats over the Republicans.


    But recent statistics show a gradual decline in U.S. citizens coming to work in Canada, which has a creaking publicly funded healthcare system and relatively high levels of personal taxation.


    Government officials, real estate brokers and Democrat activists said that while some Americans might talk about a move to Canada rather than living with a new Bush administration, they did not expect a mass influx.


    "It's one thing to say 'I'm leaving for Canada' and quite another to actually find a job here and wonder about where you're going to live and where the children are going to go to school," said one government official.


    Roger King of the Toronto-based Democrats Abroad group said he had heard nothing to back up talk of a possible exodus of party members.


    "I imagine most committed Democrats will want to stay in the United States and continue being politically active there," he told Reuters.


    Americans seeking to immigrate can apply to become permanent citizens of Canada, a process that often takes a year. Becoming a full citizen takes a further three years.


    The other main way to move north on a long-term basis is to find a job, which in all cases requires a work permit. This takes from four to six months to come through.


    Official statistics show the number of U.S. workers entering Canada dropped to 15,789 in 2002 from 21,627 in 2000. Early indicators on Wednesday showed little sign of this changing.


    A spokesman for Canada's foreign affairs ministry said there had been no increase in the number of hits on the Washington embassy's immigration Web site, while housing brokers said they doubted they would see a surge in U.S. business.


    "Canada's always open and welcoming to Americans who want to relocate here, but we don't think it would be a trend or movement," said Gino Romanese of Royal Lepage Residential Real Estate Services in Toronto.


    Those wishing to move to Canada could always take a risk and claim refugee status -- the path chosen earlier this year by two U.S. deserters who opposed the war in Iraq (news - web sites).


    "Anybody who enters Canada who claims refugee status will be provided with a work permit ... it doesn't matter what country they're from," Iadinardi said.


    Refugee cases are handled by special boards, which can take months to decide whether to admit applicants. The rulings can be appealed and opposition politicians complain some people ordered deported have been in Canada for 10 years or more.
     
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    Too bad.

    I don't think Baldwin - Alec that is, would have the balls to leave this fine country.
    Since Canada wont take him (despite the fact that have no problem taking terrorist who make there way down here) than perhaps Mexico will.
    They can trade places with the hundreds of Mexicans who would do anything to live in this country...no problem.
    Or perhaps they should go farther away which would be best for them in their delicate position.....perhaps Singapore where they can endure law of no gum chewing and stealing = death.
    Then again, that maybe to difficult for them in their endless whining which will probibly cost them their freedom....which is what they are running from in the first place...
    So maybe a one way ticket to China will serve them best.
    Bye Bye Baldwin.
     
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    New immigrants! Woot! But we get to tell them where they have to live and they must learn french even if most Canadians, do not. None of this near Toronto nonsense. :D

    I recommend the following havens:
    The Pas, Manitoba - Mmmm..mmm.. pulp and paper
    Uranium City, Saskatchewan - Radioactive-licious!
    Cold Lake, Alberta - We could use some help with the military
    Cambridge Bay, Nunavut - Start a university in the Far North!
    Stephensville, Newfoundland and Labrador - Skilled americans, to send power, to Americans!
    Sydney, Nova Scotia - Someone has to clean up the toxic coal dust.
     
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    When was the last time a terrorist from Canada entered the United States?
     

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