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‘Move to Canada’ searches spike during Super Tuesday primaries

A screenshot of a graphic on Google.com shows the interest spiking Tuesday in the search term “move to Canada.”
A screenshot of a graphic on Google.com shows the interest spiking Tuesday in the search term “move to Canada.”Screen capture/Google.com

As the 2016 presidential race marches on in the US, interest in our friendly neighbor to the north seems to be growing.

On Super Tuesday, a voting day where 12 states held primaries or caucuses to determine the presidential candidates, the search term “Move to Canada” spiked on Google.

The increased searches came after 8 p.m., after polls had closed in Massachusetts and several other states during the election-heavy evening. One of the top related searches was “move to Canada if Trump wins,” according to Google.

The interest in moving Canada was so strong that Simon Rogers, data editor for Google, took to Twitter to comment on it.


“Searches for ‘how can I move to Canada’ on Google have spiked +350% in the past four hours,” Rogers wrote on the social network.

The search for a way to reach Canada didn’t stop at Google.

People visiting Canada’s immigration website were greeted by a warning: “You may experience delays while using the website. We are working to resolve this issue. Thank you for your patience.”

The website problems were related to an internal issue, a spokeswoman for Canada’s immigration service told the Globe in an e-mail Wednesday.

“We have been working to resolve the issue for a number of weeks, and it is not the result of website visit volumes or external factors,” Jessica Séguin said.

And while Canadian DJ Rob Calabrese in February jokingly invited Americans to move to Cape Breton Island, the Canadian government isn’t so tongue-in-cheek.

As reported by GQ, a new bill has been introduced by the Canadian government that would allow people to become citizens much faster.

Believe it or not, this isn’t the first time searches about moving to Canada have coincided with an election. The term “Move to Canada” spiked in November 2004, the same month Republican incumbent President George W. Bush was reelected.


A movie was even made about it: “Blue State,” starring Breckin Meyer and Anna Paquin.

Aimee Ortiz can be reached at aimee.ortiz@globe.com. Follow her on twitter @aimee_ortiz.

Clarification: Problems accessing Canada’s immigration website were due to an internal issue, according to a spokeswoman.