Google Searches for "How to Move to Canada" Spiked on Super Tuesday

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Donald Trump on Super Tuesday
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Every election year, some dissatisfied people make the vague threat to move to Canada, and yet every time, there's no mass exodus. Alas, it looks like the time to ponder the merits of poutine and hockey is here again.

Mashable (opens in new tab) reports that Google searches for "how to move to Canada" spiked Tuesday night, right after Donald Trump dominated (opens in new tab) the Super Tuesday primaries. By midnight, that search term skyrocketed by 1,150 percent. The activity was so high that the Canadian government's website had trouble dealing with all the traffic. 

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The most searches came from Massachusetts, where Trump won by 49 percent. Though some of the searches may have come from sad Bernie Sanders supporters there, since Hillary Clinton won the state by a thinner margin. But come on: These searches are likely from spooked Democrats overall, and maybe a few Republicans, too, at the prospect of a President Donald J. Trump. One of the related top searches was "move to Canada if Trump wins (opens in new tab)," after all. A similar search spike happened in 2004, when President George W. Bush was reelected.

And this isn't the first time Trump has caused people to mull moving North. In fact, a Canadian radio host has set up a website (opens in new tab) encouraging Americans to move to scenic Cape Breton if Trump gets inaugurated. "How much would it cost for a three bedroom lakeside home in your state?  About a jillion dollars?  You would need to BE Donald Trump to afford a place like that," the website reads. "But in Cape Breton, we have the most affordable housing market in North America!" 

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Megan Friedman is the former managing editor of the Newsroom at Hearst. She's worked at NBC and Time, and is a graduate of Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism.