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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

From New Yorker:

"Canada 150, then, is a subdued celebration in a noble Canadian tradition: one that avoids ideological confrontation and seeks not perfection but peaceful coexistence. I’m not sure that Americans have that option—at least not in Donald Trump’s America. But on this July 1st, we owe it to our neighbors—and to ourselves—to recognize that there is more than one way to be a North American."

Canada’s Polite and Diffident Independence Celebration

The last Presidential election drove many liberals to muse about packing up and fleeing to Canada. Not many actually did so, but Cori Carl had already made good on the fantasy. She and her wife were committed New Yorkers but felt increasingly disillusioned with the “political backlash after Obama,” she told me. A visit to Toronto charmed them. Jobs fell into place, and they moved, in early 2016, after the momentum of the Trump campaign persuaded them that “we don’t want to stick around for whatever’s going to happen,” Carl said. “The conversation and political tide before the election was enough for us to say, ‘You know what, we can move now.’ ”

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