Low loonie gives Trumpophobes a chance to test drive Canada


B00Mer
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Low loonie gives Trumpophobes a chance to test drive Canada



The bored-looking man at the border didn't even blink when we told him the grand total of our purchases during a five-day trip to Pennsylvania was a measly $30. Evidently other cross-border travellers are also discovering that even when you try to ignore it and enjoy yourself, a 25 per cent currency markup makes shopping feel expensive.

Today is Memorial Day, part of the long weekend marking the beginning of the U.S. driving season that always brings our American cousins north. But this year there is a double impetus. They can take advantage of the effect opposite to the one we noticed during our visit south. And then there's Donald Trump.

​A wave of Trump news at the end of last week was a reminder that The Donald is even closer to the White House than almost anyone expected a year ago.

Confident of a Trump victory

It is surprising how many people seem convinced Trump is actually going to win the election. Reasons abound, from sexist attacks on Hillary Clinton that may keep some undecided voters at home to the idea that Trump, like Barack Obama before him, will bring in supporters who are first-time voters.



But perhaps the story most ominous for Trumpophobes was the news that the Chinese company Partytime Latex Art and Crafts is so confident of a Trump presidential victory that it has geared up production of Trump masks and scaled back on those of other candidates.

Trial run

There are plenty of stories about Americans planning to cut and run if Trump wins in November. There is even a company offering a Maple Match, the opportunity for Americans to escape "the unfathomable horror of a Trump presidency" by meeting and marrying a Canadian.

Getting married to a Canadian and, worse, buying an overpriced Canadian house in a rush after a Trump win in November seems like a bit of a commitment if you're not really sure.



What if it turns out the new arrivals just can't stand people saying "aboot" instead of "abahowwt"?

What if they find they really don't care for having a pugilist as prime minister, or for the fact that Canadians are constantly saying, "Sorry"?

Legal pot?

What happens when they discover that a fill-up is still more expensive despite the exchange rate?

What happens when they discover that the Liberal talk about legalized cannabis was all just an election promise and that the drug squad is still busting people?



That's why driving season is such a wonderful opportunity. Americans can visit Canada, explore it for a few weeks and see the sights. But more important, they can see whether they can adapt to all the differences.

All those extra u's in words like colour and neighbour. The annoying absence of handguns. Remembering that soda is for baking and pop is for drinking. Figuring out what a chesterfield is.

Except for science grads, the metric system and Celsius thermometer will be a mystery at first. The advantage will be that, unless they bother to do the math, they won't realize they are being hosed on gas.

He's everywhere

It will give them the chance to come to terms with the idea that although universal medical care really is real and that it doesn't include death panels, it doesn't kick in until you've lived here for three months.



And the great thing is that with the loonie back down to 76 cents US, they can give being Canadian a trial run while getting a 20 per cent reduction on everything. Except gas. And houses. And books with those little stickers updating the "price in Canada."

For those trying a test drive to avoid Trump, there is one other thing to watch out for: the Canadian media is just as obsessed with The Donald as is the U.S. media.

And for my contribution, to any Americans Trumpophobes reading this, I'd just like to say, "Sorry."

source: Low loonie gives Trumpophobes a chance to test drive Canada: Don Pittis - Business - CBC News
 
Johnnny
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Good, show us the money!!!!
 
B00Mer
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Quote: Originally Posted by Johnnny View Post

Good, show us the money!!!!

Trump, helping the Canadian Economy
 
Angstrom
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It's going to be such a hoot when trump is president . I can hardly wait.

I'm ordering a **** load of popcorn.
 
Angstrom
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I need to go to Cosco
 
B00Mer
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Quote: Originally Posted by Angstrom View Post

I need to go to Cosco

Walmart... Thanks.
 
Curious Cdn
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Quote: Originally Posted by B00Mer View Post

Walmart... Thanks.

Dollarama ... mostly safe.
 
Angstrom
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Bah. I rather go where there's a chance of seeing a fist fight.
 
B00Mer
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Quote: Originally Posted by Angstrom View Post

Bah. I rather go where there's a chance of seeing a fist fight.

That would be Walmart, parking to close to some Red Necks pickup and door ding the thing is sure to get you body slammed.