Notary office in Ottawa was not a safe haven for the many who left the country in 2016 to avoid the wrath of Donald Trump’s inauguration.
“We had a lot of people who were really upset, and they were just not happy about it,” said one woman who left Canada to become a notary.
But she added that “we were able to make a very good living and do what we wanted to do.”
A few weeks later, a few more Canadians would leave their mark on the country.
In November, the Canadian Press published a report that reported on how some people in the country who have been in Canada for at least two years were able register to cast ballots.
Among those who have registered are a woman who was born in Canada, and two women who have lived in the United States since 2016.
They are among a number of people the AP identified as “notary voters.”
But the group’s numbers are dwarfed by the number of Americans who have not registered in Canada.
Some of those notary voters were not able to register for the election.
One person who left his address in the U.S. to be able to vote was not registered.
“The notary was a little scared, he thought it would be an inconvenience, but he was able to get his name registered,” said the woman, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of retaliation.
She said she has no plans to return to Canada in the future.
The Associated Press’ Jennifer Griffin reported this story.