The second link discusses, of course, Americans thinking about moving to Canada if the Donald wins the upcoming election. No one will, of course. But that didn’t stop people at a San Diego airport bar from talking about it on Saturday afternoon. (I was on my way back from a conference.)
The bartender said that his wife wanted them to move to Canada, so he proposed northern Washington as “almost Canada.” He was joking (I think, his delivery was drier than the surface of Mars) but the nice white Texans from Austin to my left and right were not. (My flight home went through Dallas.) Well, their tone was not joking. The substance, not as much. One woman had a son at U.T. and a daughter starting her first job in Houston; I have trouble imagining her packing up for Canada. A young man had a daughter of his own on the way and a good job as an animal trainer. Maybe that is the sort of career where you can just pack up and jump international borders ... but I have some doubts. A third Texan, to my right, could have been Californian: his affect was totally SoCal bro. But he was studying petroleum engineering. And while Alberta isn’t quite in free-fall, Texas is doing rather better.
I really wish liberals would stop it with the whole “I’m to moving to Canada” schtick. It’s only slightly less annoying than the conservative “time to secede from the Union” crap.
Although, really, it is weird that there are any labor market restrictions between the U.S. and Canada at all, no?