The Coffee Shop – “Make CANADA Even Greater!”

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This is not the first election year that some Americans have vowed to leave the country if a certain Presidential Candidate should win, but it may be the first time that the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website crashed because of the surge in inquiries from the U.S.

Canadians are taking advantage of the increasing number of worried Americans. A website for Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, called “Cape Breton if Donald Trump Wins,” popped up in recent weeks and has attracted significant attention. The site even has information on immigration and housing.

Now, the Critical Mass advertising agency, part of the advertising giant Omnicom, has launched its own campaign to capture American attention.

The New York Times covered their new advertising launch, which encourages Trump haters to escape to Canada to work for their agency. The new site “”  exhorts agency pros to “Make Canada Even Greater” by applying to work at Critical Mass Calgary and/or Toronto.

CEO Dianne Wilkins told Sydney Ember of the Times, “We’re in a unique place to comment on and participate in this public half-comedy, half-serious discussion that’s going on out there.”

“Make Canada Even Greater,” a nod to Trump’s infamous campaign slogan,  is accompanied by Symbols of Canada  — a moose, maple syrup, the Canadian flag, a hockey player in a jersey with a maple leaf. There’s even a section on “what to expect from your new home”  with slogans like “Canada is big,” and “High poutine diets” (Poutine is a Canadian delicacy combining french fries, gravy and cheese curds.)

Critical Mass says that their website traffic has increased page views on its Toronto careers site by 2,310 percent and on its Calgary careers site by 244 percent. Traffic to the agency’s website has increased 50 percent since the campaign launch.


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Nona Blyth Cloud has lived and worked in the Los Angeles area for the past 50 years, spending much of that time commuting on the 405 Freeway. After Hollywood failed to appreciate her genius for acting and directing, she began a second career managing non-profits, from which she has retired. Nona has now resumed writing whatever comes into her head, instead of reports and pleas for funding. She lives in a small house overrun by books with her wonderful husband.
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12 Responses to The Coffee Shop – “Make CANADA Even Greater!”

  1. This is serious stuff. I am forwarding it to my granddaughter who married a Canadian. She loves Canada. As a matter of fact she is in Ontario right now.

  2. wordcloud9 says:

    Good Morning Chuck –
    Let’s hope the cause of this anxiety doesn’t come to pass, so there won’t be any need for a mass migration.

  3. Morning all. Thank you, Nona. But move to Canada? eh, no, not something I would ever consider.

  4. wordcloud9 says:

    Way too cold for me!

  5. pete says:

    Yeah, but if too many of us start moving to Canada they might build a wall and make us pay for it.

  6. wordcloud9 says:

    pete –

    LOL! Another unintended consequence to worry about if Donald Trump is elected.

  7. ghotiphaze says:

    Daughter, age 20, isn’t real happy about either contender. She’s been looking around for a couple months–remember, we’re in Ks so she’s seen first hand what happens when right wingers get the bit in their teeth. Without refugee status it’s near impossible for a common person to immigrate, most are tougher than US.
    She’s looking at New Zealand. They seem to be the easiest to get in. Which causes me to wonder what is wrong with them?

  8. wordcloud9 says:

    Mutton. Lots of Mutton.

  9. ann summers says:

    sadly it’s easier to be a refugee to get to Canada but since the culture war in the US now includes toilets perhaps that status will be made available to those unwilling to display a birth certificate to urinate/defecate in the lower 48

  10. pete says:

    Maybe if Trump gets elected some civilized countries will open their borders to American refuges. As long as you can swear that you are not now or ever have been a member of the republican party. Or gambled in a Trump casino.

  11. I may go to Australia. Mopshell already said she would marry me in a heartbeat. We are now buying lottery tickets to try and get enough money to buy a reallllllly big house so we can take in refugees from Daily Kos and Flowers for Socrates.

  12. wordcloud9 says:

    Perth looked nice when they were holding the America’s Cup there in the 1980s.

    Perth, capital of Western Australia, sits where the Swan River meets the southwest coast. Its suburbs lie along sandy beaches, and the huge, riverside Kings Park and Botanic Garden on Mt. Eliza offer sweeping views of the city. The Perth Cultural Centre houses the state ballet and opera companies, and occupies its own central precinct, including a theatre, art galleries and the Western Australian Museum.

    Perth has a mixture of the Californian and Mediterranean climates, with mild winters and hot dry summers. Perth is the sunniest capital in Australia with an average of eight hours sunshine a day. The skies above Perth are often bright blue without a cloud in the sky. The hottest month of the year is February.

    Adjusting to the seasons being reversed could be a bit of a problem. And the night sky would be really different, but the Southern Cross is beautiful.

    Cost of living in Perth is 14.65% lower than in New York, which is still not cheap..

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