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    9 Nov 2016

    Canada's immigration website crashes on election night

    Canada’s main immigration website appeared to suffer repeated outages on Tuesday night as Trump took the lead in several major states and his prospects for winning the US presidency turned markedly higher.
    Some users in the United States, Canada and Asia saw an internal server error message when trying to access the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.
    When the Guardian clicked on the page it would not load and a “this page isn’t working” error message came up.
    Officials for the ministry could not immediately be reached for comment, but the website’s problems were noted by many on Twitter.
    Miguel Ramos(@MRamosTV)
    Holy smokes -- the website for Citizenship and Immigration Canada has crashed. #electionnight pic.twitter.com/hZ1gdrI09b
    November 9, 2016
    Maxim Eristavi(@MaximEristavi)
    The website of Immigration Canada has crushed.
    Srsly. pic.twitter.com/qXXAB59y2n
    November 9, 2016
    Data from Google Trends also suggested searches for “move to Canada” spiked significantly during the night as Trump victories unfolded in key battle states such as Florida and Ohio.
    Canadians took to Twitter to comment on the night’s developments, with #MeanwhileInCanada soon trending in the country. 
    Jake Ploughman(@jevp15)
    #MeanwhileInCanada Canadian geese don't know if they are going to fly south yet
    November 9, 2016
    Cause We're Canadian(@MadelnCanada) November 8, 2016
    Amy Munro(@lilchicgeek)
    #MeanwhileInCanada I don't even have a joke I'm just glad I'm Canadian.
    November 9, 2016
    Brent Smith(@slickboy00)
    #MeanwhileInCanada

    Canadians near the border be like pic.twitter.com/MlofWJl9N1
    November 9, 2016
    Caitlin Green tweeted: “If anyone needs me I’ll be drinking maple syrup until I pass out, while singing Oh Canada.”
    Singer Marcio Novelli wrote: “Canada is the second largest country in the world with one-tenth of America’s population. We’ve got room.”
    And in what many viewed as a reference to the Republican candidate, the official Canada Twitter account posted: “In Canada immigrants are encouraged to bring their cultural traditions with them and share them with their fellow citizens.”
    Canada(@Canada)
    In Canada, immigrants are encouraged to bring their cultural traditions with them and share them with their fellow citizens. pic.twitter.com/MOuStZbSX7
    November 9, 2016
    The idea of Americans decamping to Canada, where liberal PM Justin Trudeau is in power, if Trump wins has been bubbling along throughout the election.
    In February, the island of Cape Breton on Canada’s Atlantic coast marketed itself as a tranquil refuge for Americans seeking to escape should Trump capture the White House.
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