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Canadian Island Touting Refuge If Trump Wins Sees Surge in US Inquiries

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By    |   Friday, 19 Feb 2016 09:33 PM

An island off the Canadian coast has seen a huge surge in interest since a website was launched this week urging U.S. citizens to move there should Donald Trump be elected president.

"We have pretty-much done our entire year of [web] traffic in about five days," Mary Tulle, CEO of Destination Cape Breton, told Time magazine. She heads the island's tourism agency.

Cape Breton is off Nova Scotia in Canada.

Rob Calabrese, 39, who lives on the island, created the website. He told Time that he has received more than 2,000 responses — mostly from Americans — since launching the site on Monday.

"I already told people, 'If you move here, you’re going to have a great barbecue in my backyard this summer with lobster tails, scallops — and the whole thing,'" Calabrese said.

"We’ll find a bigger venue if need be. We need more people here."

The island has experienced population loss in recent years — a 2011 census numbered its residents at 135,974 — because of declines in the coal and steel manufacturing industries.

Calabrese said he created the site to capitalize on the pledges by some U.S. citizens that they would leave the country if Trump became president.

"I am just a regular guy who started this as a way to get people to see what we have here on Cape Breton Island, and I am so happy that so many of you have come to learn more," the site's introduction says. "But the truth is, we welcome all, no matter who you support, be it Democrat, Republican or Donald Trump."

However, that message was a toned-down version of what appeared earlier this week, Time reports:

"Don’t wait until Donald Trump is elected president to find somewhere else to live! Start now, that way, on election day, you just hop on a bus to start your new life in Cape Breton, where women are legally able to choose an abortion, Muslim people can roam freely, and the only 'walls' are holding up the roofs of our extremely affordable houses."

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