Canada: No free pass for expatriates

Terrified Democrats looking to flee a second Bush term beware: Canada’s watching the borders.
The Canadian immigration ministry yesterday warned Americans who might want to head north of the border they’ll get no special treatment – the paperwork required to become a Canadian citizen probably takes about a year.
“You just can’t come into Canada and say, ‘I’m going to stay here,’ ” immigration ministry spokeswoman Maria Iadinardi said. “In other words, there has to be an application. There has to be a reason why the person is coming to Canada.”
Still, Joe Green of the Toronto-based Democrats Abroad says, “We’ve had many calls during the campaign. We’re very sympathetic as Americans – we’re happy here.” – Election 2004 Coverage: Canada: No free pass for expatriates

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