Now, if you’re a trans person or a Muslim or someone else who feels legitimately threatened by America’s shifting political climate, or if you’re terrified about the prospect of losing lifesaving health coverage, you’ll find that Canada is a welcoming country. Our government’s Twitter page even trolled America with a reminder of that on election night.
But for everyone else – and I really apologize for how harsh this is going to be – Canada is not your fucking safety school. If you drive across the border, there will not be a career magically waiting for you in the middle of an economic downturn. If you’re a middle-class white guy and your first instinct is to abandon your country when you experience a setback, I’m not sure how you expect to ace a job interview here. “I was sad about my country so I decided to fall back on yours” is not a good answer to “What attracted you to this position?”
I spent a lot of time on social media during election night, because it was a great excuse to not work, and two things stuck out to me. I saw lots of Americans asking themselves how they could have gotten so out of touch with the world, and then several of my American friends with a history of making exhaustingly cliched maple syrup and igloo jokes asked me how my government worked. Because up until then, they had no clue and no interest. That’s not an approach to life that helps you settle down in a new country – it’s the approach that got you into trouble in the country you’re in now.