“Searches for ‘how can I move to Canada’ on Google have spiked +350% in the past four hours,” Simon Rogers, a data editor for Google, said on Twitter.
The news comes after Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton added key victories to their ongoing campaigns for presidency. Trump won five of the 12 states including Georgia and Virginia. Clinton took the majority of the 11 states up for grabs including Arkansas, Tennessee, and Texas. Neither of them are a shoo-in yet, but Clinton now has a strong hold on the democratic race over fellow-nominee Bernie Sanders.
Trump’s surprising success apparently inspired some desperate Google searches on how to flee the United States. Even Canada’s immigration website was feeling the heat, having to add a delay warning to their site last night.
“You may experience delays while using the website. We are working to resolve this issue. Thank you for your patience,” it read.
A Nova Scotia radio host, Rob Calabrese, has already started the “Cape Breton if Donald Trump Wins” website where he encourages Americans to join their Canadian counterparts.
So if you’re an American who is afraid of a billionaire reality-TV star running your country, here are the top five reasons to join us in the land of maple syrup and poutine.