Since the election, Canada’s immigration site has enjoyed a sizable increase in traffic from worried [or interested] Americans.

John BenderShould one consider emigration? Is Canada really any better?

I don’t know the answers to these questions, but the situation brings back memories.

In 2002, Apple launched a "Switch" ad campaign encouraging Windows users to switch to the Mac platform.

John Bender, an American married to a Canadian, launched a parody web site encouraging Americans to "switch" to Canada. His web site, no longer online, featured an amusing QuickTime commercial ad that is still available here (click on "parody").

Bender’s ad angered the patriot movement, which has no sense of humor — and sometimes worships America the way most other Christians around the world worship Jesus.

Among the critics was at least one Canadian, Jay Random, who apparently wishes he were American.

Random’s blog, Shiny Happy Gulag, offers a page full of reasons not to "switch" to Canada.

I don’t know who is right. But I’m betting that Bender (pictured) is the cuter one.

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