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10 Nov 2016

How to move to Canada: Immigration website crashes as Donald Trump becomes 45th US President

It seems it's not only celebs who are making plans to flee a Donald Trump presidency.

As Trump surged ahead in Tuesday night's election, Canada's immigration website crashed, posting a "500 - Internal server error" message.

Lisa Filipps, spokeswoman for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, said that the website had become "temporarily inaccessible to users as a result of a significant increase in the volume of traffic."

Teams were working to resolve the issue, she said, and by Wednesday morning the site appeared to be up and running again -- albeit very slow to load.

There's no guarantee the two things were related, but given the loud insistence of many Americans, every election cycle, to move north in the event of an unfavorable outcome, it's not a huge leap to assume that some despondent voters were exploring options.

Twitter reacts

Many were tempted to file this under "you couldn't make it up." Actor and comedian Ben Schwartz couldn't believe he'd been beaten to the punch, tweeting:
"I was gonna write this as a joke but found out it was real. "The Canada Citizenship and Immigration site crashed around 8 PM" #electionnight," he wrote.
Another user couldn't see the funny side of it.
"Canada's Citizenship & Immigration site just crashed. This isn't a joke. #ElectionNight," Scott Warner tweeted.
Others pointed to the website's crashing as part of a wider theme of signs a Trump victory was inevitable.
"Where we stand right now: DOW futures are down 750. The dollar is plummeting. And Canada's immigration website just crashed," Nick Bilton wrote.
We're not sure where Trump supporters planned to go if Clinton had won. But one fan tweeted -- in all-caps -- "I'M MOVING TO RUSSIA IF TRUMP LOSES."
As election night wore on, results seemed to show that the odds she would have to learn Russian were decreasing.

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