Melissa Harris-Perry | November 04, 2012
>>> you hear the conversation every four years. u.s. residents with the age-old adage, if candidate x wins, i'm moving to canada . it is a sentiment that's been thrown around by republicans and democrats alike. what exactly does canada have that the u.s. doesn't? hockey. the canadian rockies , french fries smothered in gravy and cheese kurds. universal health care , subsidized education and justin bieber. what do canadians feel about the empty threats of people relocating to canada . we welcome my friend peter from toronto .
>> good to see you, melissa. you see all the people behind you this morning who have been skating out on democracy plaza. they're just getting ready for the test at the border.
>> it will be nice and cold up there. that's right. so peter, you and i actually shared inauguration day together on the cbc. i wanted -- it was interesting to me because it turns out that there is sort of an anti- canada thing occurring right now. i just want to show you quickliment americans for prosperity , which is supporting the romney campaign has an ad out that takes a woman, akah nadian woman and says that we have to be careful not to become canadian. look at this quickly.
>> i started losing my vision. i lost 3/4 of my vision in my right rye and half in my left. mord to see the specialists required, it was four months for one and six months for another. the doctor put down his pen and said your wife will be dead by september. i knew then that the system had become far more dangerous for patients than i had ever realiz realized. the american system was there for me when i needed it. it's time for americans to get engaged in this debate.
>> peter, felt like a south park episode . running against canada . is there something that we should know about your health care system .
>> you should probably know something about her. if she looks familiar to you because they trotted her out in the last campaign as well. at that time forces supporting john mccain . the conservative government in canada has kind of debunked those ads. i wouldn't take too much into them. the debate over the canadian health care system an active one, it takes place in this country as well. on that particular score, not a lot of credence on that claim.
>> let me ask you this. if we decided to come, would you take us? would canada be excited to have an influx of americans ?
>> we love americans and americans love us. it's one of those great stories, those great love affairs that's taken place over centuries, really. the movement of the people back and forth. the president's sister married a a canadian here in toronto . he's been up here to see them. that was a professional choice that was made. just like many head down to the states from here.
>> speaking of that, as much as we're talking about the possibility of coming up there if one of our candidates doesn't win, possibly if an obama supporter is an influx of canadians . a new poll showing canadians are sort of closely watching this are favoring obama at 66% and fewer than 10% of canadians say they favor romney. any chance that you guys are coming south?
>> listen, there's the love affair for barack obama from this country, as it is for many western countries still exists in high numbers . just as it did four years ago. there was a lot of hope and expectation around the obama presidency and it seems like canadiansa as you say between 65 and 70% is very high. canadians don't get to vote, though.
>> that's true. thank you, peter mans bridge in toronto . i appreciate you joining me to chat about the possibility.
>> all right, melissa. may have you have that pew teen. i sent some for you.
>> bye bye , peter. after the break, we'll bring it back here to the u.s. and all the politicians dancing around