A 10-Point Etiquette Guide for Anti-Trump Immigrants Escaping America
Following this week’s stunning election result, many Americans have expressed their desire, perhaps jokingly, to move north.
Actress and author Lena (Girls) Dunham once said that she’ll move to Canada if Donald Trump is elected president. No word yet on whether she’ll actually follow through now that Trump has been elected president. But she’s not the only one who wants to come over to the side where happy days are here again.
In fact, as the results of the U.S. presidential election poured in on Tuesday, Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s website crashed due to a traffic surge, causing speculation that Americans unhappy with the election results flooded the site with requests because they’re considering moving north.
While the website may have information about immigration procedures and residency requirements, we think it’s just as important for prospective Canadians to become familiar with Canadian etiquette:
1. When flying on a Canadian airline and occupying a middle seat, remember to stay as small as possible, in order not to annoy the people on either side. Do not attempt to use the armrests, as this would be considered assertive and therefore un-Canadian.
2. Never mention achievements. Canadians do not boast about themselves or any family member. Double down on that if it’s about your children. We don’t want to know if your offspring has developed a new social media program that could rival Facebook. We especially don’t want to know if she’s 13.
6. Leave all your prejudices on the other side of the border. We are tolerant to a fault, whether it’s about ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation. Nevertheless, we do tend to think that Tea Partiers are completely nuts and most Republicans are suspect.
7. Learn how to tap your credit card so you don’t hold up other people waiting in line.
8. Refrain from saying anything disparaging about Canadian football or Tim Hortons coffee. On the other hand, it’s not impolite to complain about the Canadian climate. You can also complain about exorbitant real estate prices, sticker shock and traffic in Toronto. We all do.