Running away to Canada? PHTTTT
There are those disgruntled Americans who have stated that if they do not like the outcome of our recent election, then they will go and take up residence in Canada.
From past experience let me tell you, that Canada does not want you if you have very little money, and look like you may be a burden to the state’s finances.
If you have money, you can go wherever you like, but going to Canada should be low on the list.
My experience took place many years ago, when I lived in a small trailer in the desert.
I had a paid up membership in a writing organization dealing with Aircraft and Space matters.
We had a convention of the organization in Toronto that year, and I got a bargain bus ride from California to Toronto, and would get a cheaper room than what was provided at the conference.
All went according to plan until I got to the border. There I was requested to take myself, young son and my luggage off to be inspected.
I had to turn out my purse and show how much money I had. I had to show that I was going to a convention, but explained that I had made private arrangements for accommodations. I was questioned about my marital status, my employment, and my reason for trying to enter the country.
By the time I was through signing various documents and counting out my cash, showing my round trip bus ticket, I was shaking with fury!
Was this the famous Canadian personality or just assholes at the border?
When I arrived at the venue I was told by the organizers that the policy was not to allow children in the meetings, as there had been disruptions from an infant in the past.
Rules are rules, but it was American made rules, so I went on to enjoy the sights of the city.
We went to the Children’s Science Center and saw what static electricity can do to your hair.
We toured the harbor on a boat.
We went up to the CN tower and looked through the glass floor.
So- for a couple of American tourists, we had a good time in our $15 per night hotel, with a Burger King around the corner.
I can say that I have had enough of travel to Canada, and warn others who might get the idea that it is a better life over the northern border.
It’s not. Stay home.