About Moving to Canada, Eh?
by Steve Kubby
Since the re-election of George Bush, the Canadian immigration website
has exploded with a record number of visits. There is already an
exodus of Americans who are seeking refugee status in Canada, although
neither country will talk about it. However, based upon reports for the
Canadian compassion clubs, thousands of American medpot patients are
currently living in Canada and using their American physician letters
to qualify to buy cannabis at the clubs.
Meanwhile, Michael Moore has issued a plea for Democrats to stay in the
US and fight. However, we must note that Moore currently resides
in Canada and has not indicated that HE will move back to the US.
Moore is joined by celebrities like Kurt Russell, Goldie Hawn,
Hurricane Carter, and Tommy Chong who have moved to Canada as well.
Life is great in Canada, especially here in the home of BC Bud. I
grow 135 plants and travel anywhere I want with 3 pound of pot, all
perfectly legal under Canadian law. (Actually, I've heard there
are people here in BC who don't grow pot, I just haven't met any yet.)
As I said, Canada is a wonderful place, once you get past all those
silly urban myths that Americans have about Canada.
For example, contrary to what most Americans believe, Canadians have
balanced their budget and reduced their taxes to the point that
Canadians don't pay anymore than Americans. Unlike the US,
Canadians are NOT taxed on their income from out of Canada.
Likewise, US citizens in Canada can live tax free in Canada, so long as
their income is not Canadian.
I know all the horror stories about Canadian socialized medicine, but
I've been a cancer patient for 30 years and I've seen a lot of American
hospitals. My hospital experiences here in Canada have all been
outstanding. The level of care and professionalism of the staff
was every bit as good as the top medical centers in the US.
Finally, although Canada has a reputation as a liberal country, it
really is more libertarian than anything else. For example, the
BC Supreme Court rules 80% of the time against the government and for
the individual. Also, Canadian TV is definitely
libertarian, consulting with minority parties, event the BC Marijuana
Party, on any and all issues. Here in BC, just about everything
is legal including pot clubs, cuban cigars, polygamy, gambling,
abortion, topless bathing, fireworks and music file swapping. And
unlike the US, where same-sex marriage is forbidden, most Canadian
provinces now officially allow gays to marry.
Canada's military is used to keep the peace, not start wars, and most
Canadians like it that way. Canada's primary role in wars is to
provide first aid and help feed people. Polls show that Canadians
strongly supported the decision to keep Canada out of the war with Iraq
and that they strongly dislike Bush's policies.
Canada isn't for everyone, but if personal freedom is important to you,
come see what it's like to live in a country where freedom is still
Steve Kubby has written two books on drug policy reform and is the
founder of The American Medical Marijuana Association. He
currently resides in British Columbia where he is licensed to grow his