'This is not a joke': Cape Breton offered as refuge from Donald Trump presidency

Americans, fear not.

If Donald Trump wins the upcoming U.S. election, Cape Breton Island is ready to welcome Americans looking for refuge in Canada.

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Sydney, N.S. native Rob Calabrese launched the tongue-in-cheek website, "Cape Breton If Donald Trump Wins," on Tuesday.

The website has since amassed about 10,000 hits and Calabrese said he has received serious inquiries from Americans about life on the island and Canadian immigration requirements.

"There are millions of people on this continent who, if they knew about the lifestyle here on Cape Breton they would think, 'This is for me," Calabrese told CTV Atlantic on Tuesday.

The website showcases some of the best scenery from the island. It also addresses some of Trump's more controversial policy proposals, such as banning Muslims from entering the U.S., and building a giant wall along the Mexican border.

"Muslim people can roam freely, and the only 'walls' are holding up the roofs of our extremely affordable houses," Calabrese writes on the website.

"This is not a joke," he adds. "You belong here with us on Cape Breton Island, where health care is free, you know your neighbours and they look out for you, and nobody has a handgun!"

Calabrese, a radio DJ, also points out that summers on the island are "delightful" and winters are very similar to what’s experienced in the Northeast U.S.

Website visitors looking for more information are directed to the Cape Breton Island tourism website.

Destination Cape Breton CEO Mary Tulle said on Tuesday alone the organization’s website has received more than 2,000 hits from south of the border, including Delaware, Florida, Texas and Oregon.

Tulle said Calabrese's website has caught the attention of many individuals who may have never heard of Cape Breton Island.

Meanwhile, Calabrese said he understands why Americans would consider relocating if the controversial Republican presidential candidate makes his way to the White House.

"It's scary," he said. "I know I wouldn't want to live in a country where he's leader."

With a report from CTV Atlantic



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