"If so-and-so becomes president, I'm moving to Canada."

As someone with dual citizenship (Canadian & American), I find it disrespectful when someone says, "If so-and-so becomes president, I'm moving to Canada." I've said this myself, mostly joking, although as we get closer to the election, I've began thinking about whether there is truth in this statement, but I don't think it's right of me, or anyone, to say this phrase.

Having lived the majority of my life in Canada, Canada will always be my home over the US; however, having lived in the US for 5-ish years, I have grown to love this country in a way I couldn't understand before. I see what makes American so beautiful, and for now, I have chosen to live in the States over Canada. The political situation and possibility of Trump getting in scares me, and I'm fortunate that if something beyond horrible did happen because of Trump, I could relocate myself and husband to Canada. (Yes, Clinton could do something horrible, too, but my point is not about who the candidate is, although now you know my bias). I'm not going to move back to Canada just because a certain candidate gets into office. To "move to Canada if so-and-so becomes president" feels disloyal to not only a country, but to friends I now consider family. It would be me abandoning the people here in the US, and abandoning the fight for what is right and for what this country deserves. "Moving to Canada" is an easy way out, and this world is nothing but easy (although the reality is that moving to Canada wouldn't actually be easy).

Also, to say "I'm moving to Canada if so and so gets in" erases the problems Canada has. Politically, Canada may be more stable right now, but Canada doesn't come without its faults. There have been mass genocides that have occurred to the Indigenous Peoples of Canada; the university I graduated from sits upon land that was stolen from the Indigenous; there are missing and murdered Aboriginal women; there has been eugenics done to people deemed "less than;" the conditions of the Japanese Canadian internment Camps were atrocious and are examples of the racism in Canada... the list goes on.

Neither country is perfect. There are things about the health care system in Canada I prefer, and there are things about the health care system in the US I prefer (and so forth). But I am not going to abandon a people group and a country simply because I'm afraid of Trump. I'm going to stand up to his policies and help those who will be most negatively affected by them.

It's an easy thing to say, "I'll move to Canada if so-and-so becomes president," but it's a much more complicated issue than that.