Donald Trump says US celebrities threatening to move to Canada if he’s elected president can go ahead and leave.
The billionaire, who is battling for the Republican candidacy, was told on a morning TV show how the likes of Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O’Donnell, Jon Stewart and Lena Dunham were all planning a trip north of the border.
Asked specifically about Dunham, Trump replied: “Well, she’s a B-actor. And you know, has no mojo.”
He added: “You know, I heard Whoopi Goldberg said that too. That would be a great, great thing for our country.”
“Well, now I have to get elected,” Trump continued on Tuesday.
“I’ll be doing a great service to our country. I have to (win). Now, it’s much more important. In fact, I’ll immediately get off this call and start campaigning right now.”
As Trump’s campaign started to gain momentum earlier this year, the US saw a spike in Google searches on ‘how to move to Canada’.
Rumblings were felt after Trump first announced he was running, then increased when he proposed a ban on Muslims entering the country.
With his candidacy more and more likely, so does the likelihood of increased immigration to Canada.
Excluding family class spousal sponsorship, most Americans choosing to relocate to Canada will apply under one of the economic class programs. These primarily comprise of professionals and skilled workers under the Express Entry system, featuring the skilled worker program, and other programs including the Quebec skilled worker program and provincial nominees as well as business programs.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau played down the prospect of an exodus, suggesting the prospect is not a new thing.
Canada’s immigration website received a record amount of traffic the day George W Bush won re-election in 2004.
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