Bryan Cranston will ‘absolutely’ move to Canada if Trump becomes POTUS

Bryan Cranston during an appearance on NBC's 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.'
It seemed like we were safely in the home stretch and like Hillary Clinton was just about guaranteed to become president. Then FBI director Comey had to act like Hillary’s aide checking email on her husband’s computer was some big scandal and the polls tightened slightly. Not enough for Trump to win, but enough to make us worry. Trump is encouraging voter fraud, he’s a serial assaulter of women who brags about it and is currently being sued for raping a 13 year-old girl, he hasn’t paid taxes in decades, his charity is a fraud and every time he opens his mouth he says horrible things about women and minorities. The fact that he’s an actual candidate for president of the United States is appalling, not to mention the prospect of him becoming president.

Many people have said that they’re planning to move to our friendly neighboring country to the north, Canada, if Trump gets elected. There are cute websites dedicated to helping ease this process, like MapleMatch, which aims to match Americans fleeing the US with Canadian partners, and Cape Breton if Trump Wins, a humorous ad for real estate in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Among the people pledging to move are celebrities, like Bryan Cranston.

Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston says he will leave the U.S. and move to Canada if Donald Trump is elected president.

“Absolutely. I would definitely move. It’s not real to me that that would happen. I hope to God it won’t,” Cranston on Sunday told The Bestseller Experiment podcast when asked if he would take an extended holiday to Vancouver if the Republican candidate prevails over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

“It wouldn’t be a vacation. I’d be an expatriate,” Cranston added. The Emmy-award winning actor is the latest Hollywood celebrity — joining Girls creator and star Lena Dunham, Chelsea Handler and Barbra Streisand — to claim they would move out of the country if Trump wins.

Cranston said university courses will be taught in the future on the Republican candidate. “There will be books written, movies made. I’m telling you, there will be theatrical productions about Donald Trump because of the anomaly that he presented,” Cranston said.

[From The Hollywood Reporter]

In terms of the books, movies and theater that could be in the works about Trump – I heard the creators of Veep on NPR several months ago and they said that they previously wouldn’t dare write plotlines as ridiculous as the ones which were already out about Trump, and that was before the latest. This entire election has absolutely belied belief and I’m just ready for it to be over.

Also, it should be relatively easy for people like Bryan Cranston and Lena Dunham to emigrate to Canada because they’re rich and well known. For the rest of us, getting permanent residency status takes a couple of years and will require that we either have relatives there, a partner waiting for us, and/or work in in-demand professions. Somehow I don’t think “gossip blogger” qualifies. Free healthcare though!

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  1. Alix says:

    Celebrities like to make a lot of noise about how they’ll move, but none of them ever do (though maybe Cranston means it?). Babs ain’t ever moving her backside out of her California palace, believe me.

    If anyone really is moving north, though: TAKE ME WITH YOU!

    • QueenB says:

      i think one of the Pythons and Evil Jared from the Bloodhound Gang actually moved because of Bush.

      • Valois says:

        Yeah, he moved to a very “hip” area in Berlin and his girlfriend’s German I think. But they’re dividing their time between Berlin and the US now.

    • EM says:

      The thing is considering that US taxes you on worldwide income (unless your Trump) moving abroad is not realistic enough for many of us.

  2. Heat says:

    On behalf of Canada, we welcome you with open arms…but I hope and pray for your sakes, that it won’t be necessary.

    • Alix says:

      @Heat. Thank you for your hospitality and your prayers — we need all the help we can get!

    • Erinn says:

      I told my husband that Cranston said he was moving to Canada if Trump wins. And he perks up for a moment then adopts the biggest look of dejection “but… he’ll probably move to Toronto or Vancouver. Not Nova Scotia. Nobody cool wants to go to Nova Scotia”.

      He’s also bitter because I refuse to sit in the car for 7+ hours to drive to Cape Breton. Cape Breton is colder than my end of the province in the fall/winter, and it’s got a lot of cliffs and sketchy cliffy backroads – which I am not at all a fan of.

    • Annika says:

      Thank you! My hubby has been talking about moving to Canada for years. He’s done business with some contractors & architects in the Winnipeg area, & he also has some family there. His licensing would easily transfer but I’m not sure mine would? (I’m an RN). Also it’s not far from where we live- if I left now I’d be at the Canadian border before lunchtime 😉

      • rosalee says:

        We have a shortage of RNs you’d be welcomed with open arms. You would love Winnipeg, it’s an eclectic little city with a big heart. We have every culture represented – the restaurants are fabulous and the protesters are friendly as hell.. the summers are fabulous but the’ll need a Canadian Goose parka..and survival training.

      • Who ARE These People? says:

        Sounds like you already live pretty far north … but they don’t call it Winterpeg for nothing! As an RN, you would be welcomed, yes!

      • Louise says:

        I’m an RN student in Canada. Last year Canada adopted the NCLEX. So American and Canadian RNs are now free to work in both countries without any extra certifications. Come to the NWT! It’s like Alaska. only better. 😊

      • Kitten says:

        @Rosalee-What about paramedics and insurance agents?
        *prayer emoji*

      • Layla Beans says:

        Kitten and Annika, come on up! I was just in Winnipeg last weekend. Great city! I live about 6 hours west of Winnipeg in Saskatchewan but my inlaws are Winnipeggers. It’s about 700,000 people, on the banks of two rivers. It’s got everything you need…Ikea (yay!), Costco, 2 mammoth malls, more big box malls you can shake a stick at, lovely character neighbourhoods (my fave is River Heights). You can buy a home for under $300,000 CDN in many lovely areas. Lots of concerts, an NHL team, a CFL team…

        If you’re in health care or business and have a post-sec education, we can’t get you guys up here fast enough. And really, the winters aren’t that bad. Yes, it’s cold. But the summers are amazing and yay health care. And for future parents, a year of paid parental leave per baby. Yup, a YEAR.

      • Erinn says:

        I’m not sure about the RN transfers. I know my friends graduated in NS with her RN license in 2014. She just had to do some sort of course or test (I forget which, honestly) so she can be accepted for jobs in Ontario, and I mean, it’s only been two years that she’s been out of the course.

        Ultimately though – we can never have too many nurses. I think if you look at jobs in places like the NWT you’re looking at a higher pay rate as well – probably 40-50/hr as an RN.

    • LadyMTL says:

      I’ll second Heat’s welcome to all of you south of the border. :) That said, I live in Quebec and though I personally would love to have some of you move here, our provincial government’s regulations and rules for immigrating are even tougher / stranger than the rest of Canada. Plus it gets really cold here in the winter and the political situation is a bit nuts. So you’re better off choosing any other province, lol.

      Of course, I will prepare a welcome basket full of Canadian goodies for anyone who wants one. It’s got lots of maple syrup in there, to start.

      • Heat says:

        I’ll make the poutine! {hmmm…maple poutine…}

      • Rosalee says:

        @Kitten, we also have a shortage of qualified paramedics – insurance agents not so much. But big insurance companies like Great West Life are always seeking talent. But the winters…we would survive a zombie apocalypse since they would freeze solid in our wind chill factors..

    • Clarity says:

      Just to clarify two things though; healthcare isn’t free in Canada – we all pay for it in advance with tax dollars, and celebrities don’t get preferential treatment for immigration – they’d have to apply like everyone else.

      • original kay says:

        Thanks Clarity. I came to say just that about our health care. The US could have the same system as us if the politicians actually valued the citizens.
        It simply amazes me that a country that shouts so loud about protecting “rights” leaves it’s citizens to fend for themselves in such basic ways- health care, maternity/paternity leave.
        In the last debate Trump actually held up Canada’s health care as what NOT to do, because of wait times. Sure, we can wait. But I know if I need help I can go and not expect a hefty bill in the mail. Wait times vs no care at all? easy choice.

        And you know Canada will welcome everyone, it’s what we do. Yay for Canada :)

      • Who ARE These People? says:

        Thanks Clarity and o-kay (couldn’t resist) – thanks yes. When people say Canadian healthcare is free, I always say, “tax-supported, tax-supported.” Takes a minute and then the light of recognition dawns.

        Yes, we can have waits, and the politicians get an earful about it. But I’ve learned through experience that the health system is pretty good about triage, and manages to time the waits in accordance with the problem. There’s always a buffer baked-in to handle emergencies. It’s not a perfect system, none can be, but at least everyone has some fundamental dignity simply by being able to access the system.

        Also, flu shot time! Get your shot! In Canada, they’ll jab anyone for free, no questions asked, to bolster herd immunity.

      • mazzie says:

        Yup. Celebrities don’t get bumped to the head of the line. There used to be the economic migrant program but I believe that was cancelled or is being modified. (Fellow Canadians?)

        And @Who ARE these…. is correct. Yes, there are waits but you are triaged to the top of the list if necessary. It’s basically, “we have a cancellation next week, let’s do this.” or “Right, we need to get you into surgery now.”

        Those complaining about waits, it’s non-vital surgery as in, you won’t die.

      • Jules says:

        @mazzie thx for pointing out that yes, there is a process for becoming a permanent resident and unless these celebs have Justin Trudeau on speed dial, there is no express route for celebs lol. If the tables were turned…..

      • Tess says:

        I came to say the same thing – Canada has amazing social policies and services (nothing’s perfect and it all varies greatly by province but it’s all better than most places in the rest of the world) however nothing is free. We pay much higher taxes than in the US, money that goes into a pot then is shared with everyone more or less equally in the form of services such as health care. The the way priorities are set and how they are managed is never perfect and will never please everyone, so you have to subscribe to a collective mindset in order to find happiness here. This is really easy for Canadians born here or who arrive as young people, but has been harder for my friends who have moved here as adults, esp from the US. You have to give up a certain amount of freedom to choose and accept that you will pay through the nose for services that may only benefit others. Psychologically this is a bigger shift than many people anticipate, especially in provinces where the tax rate and size of govt really are enormous (such as my former home of Quebec, over the top but worth every penny).
        That said, all Celebitches are welcome in my town, Victoria, (which I truly believe to be the best place on Earth to live, aside from the constant fear of earthquakes) and I would be glad to help you settle in!

    • SilverUnicorn says:

      There’s the queue from the United Kingdom too, we’ve applied ages ago. Apparently the number of applicants from UK has skyrocketed in 4 months.

    • woodstock_schulz says:

      Another Canadian here…we will welcome all refugees from Trumpmerica (god forbid) and no, our health care is not exactly free, but it is pretty good.

      • hmmm says:

        I stand with the rest of my fellow Canadians: Americans rock, so, welcome! Also, though health care seems free it does cost us in taxes. IMO, well worth every penny! We are also a decent bunch and supporting a cultural mosaic is an essential Canadian value.

        But I’m rooting for the decency in most Americans to rise up in unprecedented numbers and annihilate the Trumpkin plague. That, indeed, would show the world America’s true greatness.

    • MMRB says:

      We Do?????

  3. Linda says:

    Don’t want celebrities here. We already have our hands full with wanna be celebrity Prime Minister Trudeau.

    • original kay says:

      I know right?

      There he was, just yesterday, posting pics on FB of his family going trick or treating. How dare he post every day what he’s doing, both in his personal life and for our Country? The transparency must be stopped!

      I’m kinda falling for Sophie. I love she is taking, and will be taking, a much more active role as our First Lady. She holds Michelle Obama is high esteem, I think it’s wonderful she is following those footsteps. Yay for the Trudeau Family!

      • Linda says:

        My comment was kinda light hearted but sorry you took it so seriously. Our country seems so divided regionally. I am from Alberta and no I do not rely on income from the oil patch like most people assume we all do when we live here. I am a hard working farm wife and farmer. The biggest problems for me is the out of control spending by both our provincial and federal government’s and the increasing rate of unemployment. The Trudeaus are a beautiful family. I do not disagree. I would just love a country that is more unified not so divided by region. A proud Canadian of 62 years I am.☺

      • Layla Beans says:

        I agree with you Linda. I wish we had less division too. Before we become like our friends south of us, so divided with no appetite to find common ground at all.

      • Angel says:

        I have nothing against Sophie or her good works but we do not have a first lady nor should we. We do not need a ‘first family’, we have royalty if we want that. The Prime Minister is a an elected administrative position, for one person – the elected. I extraordinarily disliked Harper’s wife ‘first lady-ing’ about, this is not america.

        sorry rant over:)

      • Erinn says:

        I think some of the division comes (at least from us Maritimers) from the fact that SOOOO many of our young people pack it up and head out west. Our economy suffers from the viscous cycle of “there’s nothing to do here, lets go out west” and the “well why bring in new jobs/infrastructure – everyone is out west now”. We see so much spending happening in Ontario, and Alberta, and places like that, and we feel forgotten. I understand that we’re smaller scale than the amount of people living in Edmonton or Toronto – but there’s a certain amount of taking it personally that happens when people see their kids moving away to your neck of the woods.

        Personally, I don’t plan on leaving NS, so meh. But I do see a lot more hateful, bigoted posts coming from the people I know that moved out to AB – it could very well be that they were just as crap people when they were here, but we were younger and nobody noticed? Or they’re falling in with bigoted idiots because of their job choices in AB. It’s not all of them – but the ones that do really come out swinging against change, and are very much the “GO BACK TO YOUR COUNTRYYYY” kind of folks now. Funny, considering most of them are from European or American family lines, rather than native.

    • Who ARE These People? says:

      Oh please, most people in public life have and use social media now. The Trudeau family just happens to be young and photogenic. He’s been doing his job. The Liberal party takes heat from both sides, often deservedly, but there have been some positive steps taken and some campaign promises kept and “some” seems to be pretty good these days.

      Here’s a non partisan website set up to track promise keeping – or not:

  4. Nancy says:

    I was with my conservative sister (hard to believe, right?) at a business luncheon yesterday. All the ladies were talking about the election and the same thing, I can’t live here with HIM as president, although nobody believes he will. They were joking about Canada as well and my prissy lol sister said make room for me. For me that was the moment the fat lady sang. Hillary will be President and we can all sigh that relief and breath normally again.

    • Lena says:

      Thanks that gives me hope!

    • AG-UK says:

      From your mouth to God’s ears… I live in London and def. will pretend I am Canadian too if he wins will hang my head in shame and take a sick day on the 9th.. or try to do a British accent but don’t think I can keep that up ongoing. He just can’t can’t….

    • Jess says:

      I hope you’re right. Looking at how the polls were tightening last night on 538 freaked me out. I’m no longer convinced Clinton will win and I don’t know how I’ll make it through the next week. If the unthinkable happens I would definitely look into moving to Canada – I’m already in Wisconsin so it’s not too far!

      • Who ARE These People? says:

        Polls tightening on the national level are far less indicative than polls tightening on the state level. If anyone has any support left to give, in time or money, it’s key to support crucial Senate races — NC, Pennsylvania, etc.

    • Flan says:

      I can see a big segment of conservatives not wanting him to be president.

      Because a) they are decent people and don’t like all the horrible things he has said and done.
      And b) because he is far too tacky for them.

  5. Onerous says:

    My first reaction to a Trump presidency is also to get the hell out of Dodge. BUT!!! That’s not how you fix things. You stay and you fight.

    God help us all if he actually gets elected.

    • Alix says:

      Umm, tradition here dictates that we don’t fight over election results, we observe a peaceful transition of power. THEN we haul ass up to Canada.

      • Lena says:

        I assume the commenter meant fight as in continue to do the best you can inside the legal and democratic system, like peaceful protests, investigative journalism, going to court, writing to your state representatives, entering into politics yourself etc.

      • Onerous says:

        Thanks for explaining American traditions, Alix. Thank god you were here.

        As others have pointed out, I in no way am promoting violence, rather, stating that you don’t run when your country is in crisis. You stay and you fight to make things better. Fight the good fight, as it were.

      • Kitten says:

        I can’t believe you had to even clarify that. Sigh.

    • Esmom says:

      A few of my old neighbors were beyond distraught when W was elected and I remember thinking that yes it was bad but that the country would somehow be ok. I don’t have one iota of that glimmer of optimism with Trump…and I cannot imagine how those neighbors would feel given their despair back then. They will probably spontaneously explode if Trump gets elected.

      ETA: Alix, I didn’t take Onerous’s “fight” comment as literal. I took it as “continue to fight the good fight.”

    • Trouvee says:

      Exactly. I came here specifically to ask my fellow white people NOT to leave the country. We will not be in danger, and it’s our duty to stay and fight for our friends who are.

  6. Nancy coven says:

    Good Riddance, Bryan!

  7. alexis says:

    Why don’t you guys move to Mexico? Kind of racist

    • Annika says:


    • Beebee says:

      Well, given the egregious amount of drug wars and cartel crime down south, I think we can be more forgiving. It is currently dangerous to live in Mexico. Hoping for improvements for them over the next few years, though with a Trump presidency, I can’t see conditions getting any better. #gohillary

    • Rapunzel says:

      Alexis- not moving to Mexico is a matter of self preservation. Ever gotten Montezuma’s revenge? I’ll take a country where you can drink the water.

    • Who ARE These People? says:

      Canada has been the relief valve for unhappy colonists : ) since the days of the Revolution.

      It’s also mostly English speaking, a major comfort factor for Americans, especially Americans wanting/needing to work as soon as possible. And it’s more recognizable culturally – there are differences, often subtle, but Americans can make their way here without too much difficulty.

      That said, it isn’t easy to move to Canada and I’m glad Kaiser mentioned immigration laws, because we’re not the 51st State.

      • Echo says:

        I know that the comments from most people saying that they will move to Canada if…are an expression of how dire the feel the outcome will be if the Orange one gets elected.
        However, there is a certain amount of hubris involved in that statement. We are a separate country- not just another state. We have immigration regulations etc…

    • Poisonous Lookalike says:

      @ alexis: Been there, done that. Mostly loved it, but the culture back then (nigh on 20 years ago) was pretty different from US culture, and it was challenging for me to adapt to.

    • Jaded says:

      I’ve had some scary things happen to me in Mexico – being pulled over by the Federales and shaken down for money, nearly raped, it’s not all Cancun and Acapulco.

  8. Gardenia says:

    Welcome, dear Americans, welcome! Though as someone pointed out, I really cannot imagine Barbra Streisand leaving Cali. But who knows.

  9. Shelllley says:

    C’mon up, Brian. We will take you happily!

    You can come hang out with Alan Arkin. I think you’ll really enjoy this little piece of heaven.

  10. Lalu says:

    I love Bryan Cranston but I cannot stand any of the cry babies that claim they will move if “fill in the blank” is elected. Because they never do. They sound ridiculous.

  11. Crack fox says:

    Emigrating to another country when tyour homeland’s political state is shit?

    Now where have I seen this before?

  12. mazzie says:

    Healthcare is not free here. We pay for it in taxes and in Ontario, we also pay a health premium, (effing ehealth scandal, goddammit, Liberals.)

    Pay taxes, get free healthcare. Works for me. Had surgery and all I paid was $50 for painkillers.

    • Who ARE These People? says:

      Works for me, too. Tho I’d modify to “pay taxes, get guaranteed healthcare.”

      That eHealth scandal was the pits.

      • mazzie says:

        Yes, guaranteed would be nice.

      • Who ARE These People? says:

        It would be nice for folks in the USA.

        In Canada, it’s guaranteed in law, not 100% foolproof guaranteed in practice, but it’s still a better safety net with a lot smaller holes.

  13. Giddy says:

    I feel like I am paying in anxiety for how certain I felt of a Hillary win before Comey opened his big mouth. I have a physical this afternoon with my doctor. I am seriously thinking of asking for some Xanax to help get me through the next week. If Trump wins I’ll just start drinking heavily.

    • Flan says:

      Please exercise instead; works better on the long term.

      Maybe you can do so by putting up Hillary signs ;)

  14. Abby_J says:

    I wish famous people would stop saying this stuff. It just sounds silly every time it comes up.

    They can threaten to leave all they want, and they can actually follow through if Trump/HRC gets elected, but all of them will still be back here shilling their music/movies/tv shows/whatever they do, because they want our money. Where they live doesn’t really matter.

    Has any undecided person really heard that Barbara S. or Ted Nugget were gonna leave the country if X-politician got elected and thought, “Oh wow. We can’t lose them! I better vote for the other guy!”

  15. Robin says:

    Oh, please, what a liar. He’s not going anywhere if Trump wins. And if he DOES want to move to a neighboring country, why not Mexico? It’s a lot closer to L.A.

  16. MellyMel says:

    One more week and hopefully all of the stress and anxiety will be over and we won’t have to think about packing up all our crap & leaving.

  17. Angel says:

    More ranting
    Canada is similar to the US but not the same. We have our own distinct culture and values which are frequently in opposition to common American culture and values.
    People moved here to get out of the draft in the 70′s, moved back when they realized that we are not the US.

  18. pam says:

    Alright – I guess we can’t stop you folks from moving up here, but let me make this clear – your Constitutional and First Amendment rights carry no weight here, you will be bound by OUR charter of rights and freedoms and our laws. Also, don’t bother bringing your guns….don’t even think about it….

    • Uglyartwork says:

      Also illegal: brass knuckles, throwing stars, mace/pepper spray, & button operated switchblades.

      We are also trying very hard to help immigrants who actually need help, Syrians and what not. Last thing we need is an influx of Americans putting a strain on every part of our lives because some crybabies don’t like the president.

      Please go somewhere else we have our own problems.

  19. AnotherJen says:

    Don’t forget to take Cher and Miley with you!

  20. Zeddy says:

    you just have to find work wayyyy up north to get a job!

  21. BB says:

    Bye Felecia!