Canadians may wonder, but they’re not waiting for an answer. As tensions escalate between the United States and Canada, some aren’t changing their behavior. But many are preparing to strike back with small acts of resistance.
An entrepreneur in Toronto has a laundry list of American products she’ll no longer buy. An I.T. worker in a border town refuses to cross the border now.
When we asked Canadians how they were reacting to the increasing tension, we heard from nearly 2,000 people across the country, the vast majority of whom said they were frustrated, upset or simply baffled.
Here is a selection of the responses, condensed and edited for clarity.
‘I will not even consider traveling to the U.S.’
I normally travel with students; I will not even consider traveling to the U.S. Not only because we don’t want to spend our money there, but because many of my students are visible minorities and I don’t feel they would be welcome there.
— Monique Wilson, Edmonton, Alberta
I was previously flying 2,000 miles weekly with a U.S. airline who valued me as one of their premium customers for the amount of money I spent with them. It was a significant amount of money that I won’t spend until a more amenable administration is in power in the U.S. I am now instead flying to Europe regularly where I have friends and family whom I love.
— Fiona Macleod, counselor, Victoria, British Columbia
My family and I have often traveled to the United States for vacation purposes. My father briefly owned a vacation property in Colorado. In my experience of traveling through the U.S., Americans were welcoming once they were informed of my Canadian nationality. However at this point I’m not sure that I would be welcomed (by Trump supporters, especially).
— Julia Byrne, administrator, Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador