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As Trump nears victory, Canadian immigration site crashes

Thinking about that move to Canada a little bit more tonight?

A lot of people are, seemingly. Because the Canadian government's immigration site has crashed.

There's no word on exactly why the site is down, but it happened around 10:30 p.m. — approximately the same time Donald Trump took the key swing state of Ohio. With Trump's electoral count pulling away from his rival Hillary Clinton, national and international media started speculating about an upset.

And, apparently, a lot of anti-Trump Americans started getting upset and searching out how to move northward.

Talk of that isn't new among Americans; Buffalonians have joked about it for as long as any of us can remember. But people have actually considered it lately, and especially now.

As the Huffington Post reported, the notion of Americans moving to Canada prompted a smiling response from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The Canadian public, however, isn't happy about it at all. In a recent Mainstreet/Postmedia poll, Canadians made it clear that they aren't going to ease the way for Americans.

Roger Bainbridge, an actor in Second City Toronto's "Come What Mayhem!" revue, jokingly asks, "The next manifest destiny is Canada?"

Roger Bainbridge, an actor in Second City Toronto's "Come What Mayhem!" revue, jokingly asks, "The next manifest destiny is Canada?"

The conversation also arose in a recent Buffalo News interview with Canadian improvisational actors from Second City Toronto.

“As a Canadian, I think it’s a little funny with Americans joking about wanting to come over, because I fancy it to be such an American idea," said Ann Pornel, an actress in the show "Come What Mayhem!", which takes aim at American politics, among other issues.

In a mock righteous voice, Pornel continued, "'Oh we don’t like this? We’re going to move somewhere else! And then we’re going to make this the new America!’”

Her castmate Roger Bainbridge piped in, “The next manifest destiny is Canada?”

He was joking, but what Pornel said next was in a serious tone.

“It’s all well and good to be like, ‘This is a scary reality for a lot of people’ and to want to move away from it," she said. "But it’s also like, 'No. Stay where you are. Change your settings. You have the ability…'"

Of course, if Trump wins, Americans made that change. But then, it seems, there are going to be some Americans looking for another change.

A northward one.

“What are you going to do, run away from hundreds of millions of people?" said Second City cast member Becky Johnson. "Then you’re going to be here dealing with all the B.S. we do.”

For some, that's tempting — when the website is working again.

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