Plenty of Americans have threatened to flee the country over Donald Trump’s presidency, but one woman has detailed what it is really like to move to Canada over politics.
Tiffany Balducci, 32, moved from Michigan to Ontario, Canada after George W. Bush was re-elected for a second term, and now that Trump has been named the 45th President of the United States, she is working on her paperwork for Canadian citizenship.
‘I tell my friends all the time, I found my American dream by moving to Canada,’ Tiffany wrote in an essay for Cosmopolitan.
Life-changing decision: Tiffany Balducci moved from Michigan to Ontario, Canada, after George W. Bush was re-elected for a second term
Making it permanent: The 32-year-old has lived in Canada since 2008, and she started working on paperwork to become a citizen after Donald Trump was elected president
‘I look at my friends and family in the United States, and regardless [of] if they have degrees or were in the military or whatever their background, many are struggling.’
Tiffany noted that many people in the US are working multiple part-time jobs without benefits or a pension and struggling to pay back crippling student loan debt, and while these issues exist in Canada, she said it doesn’t seem to be to same extent.
The librarian said working in Canada has given her a pension, paid holidays, educational stipends, and paid one-year parental leave, as well as a ‘good paying job where my education is valued’.
Freedom of speech: Tiffany is pictured carrying a sign for the Canadian Union of Public Employees
Happy as can be: Although she is unable to visit her family as much as she would like, Tiffany said living and working in Canada has given her a better life
Tiffany said she was a student at a small liberal arts college in Michigan when former President George W. Bush was in his first term, and she recalled how she and her friends would talk about applying for jobs in Canada if he got re-elected following the Iraq invasion in 2003.
TIFFANY BALDUCCI’S PROS AND CONS OF LIVING IN CANADA
The librarian said working in Canada has given her a pension, paid holidays, educational stipends, and paid one-year parental leave, as well as a good paying job where her education is valued.
Tiffany said she also loves how everyone in Canada has access to health care.
Tiffany noted that the American dollar is higher than the Canadian dollar, and while she gets paid in Canadian money, she has to pay her bills in the States in US currency.
She admitted that there were times she was unable to leave the country to visit her family in the US because of her temporary work permit.
Tiffany also griped that she doesn’t have access to the same US shows on Hulu and Netflix.
Eight years ago, Tiffany was finishing her master’s degree in library science, when she realized that because of the North American Free Trade Agreement her career as a librarian would allow her to work in Canada or Mexico with a permit.
After a job interview in Oshawa in January 2008, Tiffany moved to Canada with her then-boyfriend a month later, and has been living there ever since.
However, she did admit there were some downsides, recalling that there were times when she was unable to leave the country to visit her family because of her temporary work permit.
She noted that the American dollar is higher than the Canadian dollar, and while she gets paid in Canadian money, she has to pay her bills in the States in US currency.
Tiffany also wishes that she had access to the same shows on Hulu and Netflix, but she loves how every person in Canada has access to health care.
‘I just don’t understand how Americans think it’s normal to need GoFundMe pages for surgeries and funerals,’ she wrote.
And Tiffany readily admitted that she doesn’t stick up for the US when Canadians question what Americans are thinking — particularly over the election of Trump.
‘I just explain that the reason why I’m in Canada is because I’d rather be in Canada than the United States,’ she said.