Watch the “mass exodus” to Canada via this webcam

Although thousands of people threatened to move to Canada when President Obama was reelected, webcams at the Canadian border show there was no flood of Americans trying to enter the country after results were announced.

Mar 3, 2020, 12:59 am*


Chase Hoffberger 

Chase Hoffberger

The 2012 Presidential election is now over, and despite the fact that Mitt Romney racked up more than 57 million American votes in a loss to Barack Obama, only 16,000 of Romney’s supporters have actually tweeted about their intentions of moving to Canada.

That’s a pretty low number, considering that there were 302,000 retweets of Obama’s victory post alone.

The old “I’m moving to Canada!” mantra has been used ad nauseum throughout the political history of America, most recently when the president passed “Obamacare.” formally known as the Affordable Care Act, in June. It is the end-all-be-all of grabbing your ball and heading home from the field, the lowest common denominator of the age-old adage that “This place ain’t gonna cut it!” Americans like to say it early and often.

The great news is that an even smaller number of disgruntled Americans have actually packed up their bags and gone through with the exile. Thanks to a tip from token Canadian Daily Dot reporter Kris Holt, we came upon a site called Border Lineups that shows webcam images of the traffic at checkpoints along the US-Canada border. “Know before you go” is the motto, which sounds like a good idea.

We scoured the site’s listings this morning and found that—despite what the folks on Twitter may today say—no one’s moving to Canada. Check it out!

Here’s a shot of the checkpoint at scenic Abbotsford, a city of 133,500 in lower British Columbia.

All clear at the Peace Bridge, Ontario’s great entryway atop the east end of Lake Erie.

The tiny Quebecois town of Lacolle was home to 2,680 in 2011, and it looks like that figure will stay right around there.

British Columbia’s Peace Arch, named for the regal looking monument that stands on a really green plot of grass, looks relatively unscathed!

We’ve determined that Aldergrove’s checkpoint most clearly resembles a rest stop on Connecticut’s Merritt Parkway.

All clear on the southern front, Canada! Threaten you with ex-patriotic tweets, Americans may, but nobody’s coming for your bandwidth.

Photo via Celine Dion/Facebook

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*First Published: Nov 7, 2012, 1:14 pm