‘An alternative exists’: the US citizens who vowed to flee to Canada – and did

It happens every election cycle: Americans threaten to move if the wrong person gets elected. We asked those who headed north if the grass really was greener

In November 2004, David Drucker and his wife Pam were at home listening to NPR when they heard the news that would change their lives: George W Bush had been re-elected as president of the United States.

In the lead-up to election day, the couple had made a pact: if John Kerry won, they would build their dream house in Vermont; if he lost, they would move to Canada. A year later, they were on their way to Vancouver to start their new lives.

“It’s been a little over a decade now. We have clear eyes about what we did. We have no intention of going back,” Drucker said.

Damn Upper Mexicans!

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Beat them senseless with tire irons Canada.
    Have fun!

    • They don’t even have any hostage value!

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        Ever read “The Ransom of Red Chief”?
        Yeah, about that much.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        It’s like Dave Chapelle explaining why there aren’t ever any black hostages.

  • Chuck these people out.

  • Physics grad

    Just what Canada does not need – more American socialists.

  • mauser 98

    Vermont is Bernie country
    BC…. NDPers , Lib whacks , carbon tax , David Suzuki

  • Hard Little Machine

    If Hillary wins there will be pogroms in America & I will have no choice BUT to leave.

  • Blacksmith

    I have to preface this with I really like and respect my Canadian friends, but better you than me. These kind of assholes were instrumental in hair boy getting elected up there even if they were not able to vote.

  • canminuteman

    When I was in Ottawa took some university courses for kicks at night. One was a Canadian/American course and I wrote a paper to answer the question of why the American Revolution only happened in 13 of the British North American colonies and not in the colonies that became.

    I focussed mainly on Nova Scotia and Halifax because it was reasonably well developed and had very close cultural and economic ties with New England. It turns out that because republicanism was more popular in New England than it was in Nova Scotia there was actually a lot of people moving each way. Bostonians a of royalist bent packed up and moved north and traitorous scum* from Nova Scotia moved to where they would be more appreciated. Given that one people start to take up arms it only takes a very few people to sway the public mood one way or another, this could have been potentially significant, especially in keeping Halifax loyal.

    * I’m kidding about the traiterous scum. If I was around at the time I probably would have been a revolutionary.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Upper Mexicans?
    I prefer the term ‘Baja Canadian’!

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Careful gah, we might have to build a wall before Mr. Garrison gets here.

  • Everyone Else

    it’s a great time for americans to move to canada

    the usa dollar is now worth $1.40 canadian so properties are dirt cheap