Thursday, November 04, 2004

Unhappy U.S. Democrats welcome in Canada, Martin jokes

OTTAWA (CP) - Americans can't quite qualify for refugee status but they're more than welcome to move here if they're unhappy about the U.S. election result, Prime Minister Paul Martin joked Thursday.

He was responding to reports from south of the border that some Americans want to move north rather than put up with more George W. Bush.

Despondent Democrats have been musing about leaving on Internet chat rooms, university campuses and in a few phone calls to Canadian consulates.

But officials on both sides of the border aren't taking the talk to seriously. The chatter so far has been mainly limited to jokes and expressions of frustration.

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