Canada and the 2016 United States presidential election

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So far Canada has played a very minor role in the upcoming US presidential election. However, it is playing an ongoing role in the 2016 Republican primaries.

Ted Cruz controversy[edit]

Republican candidate Ted Cruz was born in Canada and is a former citizen of Canada. Some legal scholars believe that he is not a natural born American, and as such, is not qualified to become president.[1] Candidate Donald Trump believes the Democratic Party will pursue litigation should Cruz win the nomination.[2]

Donald Trump[edit]

Several petitions, including one from Canadian advocacy group Leadnow, have called for Donald Trump to be banned from entering Canada.[3] A similar petition in the United Kingdom prompted a debate in the British Parliament about whether to ban Trump in that country. The Leadnow petition, which condemns Trump's remarks against Muslims as "jaw-dropping and incredibly dangerous," has collected over 15,000 signatures.[3] An online rumor that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had already banned Trump was discredited by several sources, including Snopes.[4] A poll by Insights West has found that most Canadians give Trump low marks, with 67 percent believing he would be "bad for Canada."[5]

A survey of Trump-related Twitter posts by digital analysis firm Luminoso found that in August and September 2015 (shortly after Trump announced his White House bid), 4% of those tweets were from Americans threatening to move to another country if Trump won.[6] Among them, 25,000 wanted to move to Canada.[6] Numerous American celebrities have also vowed to move to Canada in the event of Trump's election, including Raven Symoné, Rosie O'Donnell and Lena Dunham.[7][8][9] A satirical Web site inviting anti-Trump Americans to move to the Nova Scotian island of Cape Breton has received so much traffic since going viral that the site's founder, Nova Scotian radio host Rob Calabrese, is now partnering with a nonprofit Cape Breton tourism board to respond to all the emails requesting more information.[10]

Keystone XL[edit]

The GOP field is regarded as pro-Keystone XL.[11] The proposed pipeline would transport oil from Canada to refineries based near the Gulf Coast of the United States. Many Republican candidates have said that they would authorize construction of the pipeline. However, in the fall of 2015, President Obama rejected the proposed pipeline.[11]

See also[edit]

  • Canada and the United States presidential elections


  1. Jacobs, Ben. "Harvard scholar: Ted Cruz's citizenship, eligibility for president 'unsettled'". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  2. "6th Republican debate transcript, annotated: Who said what and what it meant". The Washington Post. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Mandel, Charles. "Trump's anti-Muslim comments trigger Leadnow calls for ban on Donald's Canada travel." National Observer. 2016-01-18. Retrieved 2016-02-03.
  4. Evon, Dan. "No, Canada: A fake news article claimed that Canadian prime minister justin Trudeau had banned Donald Trump from entering Canada." Snopes. 2016-01-26. Retrieved 2016-02-03.
  5. Grenier, Éric. "President Donald Trump would be bad for Canada, Canadians suggest in new poll." CBC News. 2016-02-01. Retrieved 2016-02-03.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Singer, Paul. "If Donald Trump wins, what country would you flee to?" USA Today. 2015-09-15. Retrieved 2016-02-03.
  7. Cox, Danny. "List of Celebrities Who Will Leave the U.S. If Donald Trump Becomes President." Inquisitr. 2016-02-27. Retrieved 2016-02-28.
  8. Kruta, Virginia. "Who’s Planning to Move Where if Donald Trump Wins the 2016 Presidential Election." Independent Journal Review. Retrieved 2016-02-28.
  9. Yilek, Caitlin. "Lena Dunham promises to move to Canada if Trump wins." The Hill. 2016-04-25. Retrieved 2016-04-26.
  10. Kovac, Adam. "Nova Scotia isle lures those vowing to move to Canada if Trump elected." USA Today. 2016-02-27. Retrieved 2016-02-28.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Rocco, Matthew. "Keystone Pipeline: What the GOP Candidates Are Saying". Fox Business. Retrieved 15 January 2016.

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