Canada Immigration Website Crashes on Election Night

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A web site explaining to foreigners how to move to Canada crashed on Tuesday night, as it became increasingly clear that Republican Donald Trump would win the 2016 presidential election in the United States.

ABC 7 Los Angeles reported:

The website with instructions on how to become a Canadian citizen crashed Tuesday night as Donald Trump appeared to close in on a victory.

Visitors were met with a long wait and eventually an error message telling viewers that there was a problem with the server.

There was no official word from the Canadian government about the outage.

Katie Rossiensky of Grazia elaborates:

Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration website went down at around 10.30pm Eastern Standard Time, when a Trump victory began to look more likely after polls predicted that states like Florida and Ohio would swing in his favour. It was down for nearly an hour due to the sheer number of Americans scoping out what they’d need to do to move over the border (though the glitch has since been fixed and the site is now up and running).

Instead of instructions on how to apply for Canadian citizenship or a temporary visa, visitors to the site were greeted with a ‘gateway timeout’ error message.

A similar rush to the Canadian immigration site took place in the wake of the UK’s EU referendum earlier this year.

Spirit Airlines also announced a promotion on Canada fares on Wednesday morning.

At least 16 Hollywood celebrities had promised to move to Canada if Trump won the election. Thus far, there is no indication that any of them has actually done so.

During the American Revolution, many who were loyal to the British crown left for Canada and stayed there.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. His new book, See No Evil: 19 Hard Truths the Left Can’t Handle, is available from Regnery through Amazon. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.


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