Why Canadians talk about boycotting the U.S. but are actually travelling there more

Adam May is heading to Seattle — but he’s a bit conflicted about it.

He’s thought about boycotting the United States. He disagrees strongly with the actions of President Donald Trump. Yet, like a growing number of Canadians, he’s still making a trip down south.

“It’s maybe a bit embarrassing to say, but you have these thoughts and bluster and then you think, well, I could go on this trip, and I guess that wins out,” he says.

The Calgary resident had booked his vacation last fall with a group of friends who plan to watch the Toronto Blue Jays take on the Seattle Mariners this week. But he had second thoughts after details came to light of the Trump administration’s move to separate children from their parents on the U.S.-Mexico border.

He looked into cancelling the trip, but found out it was too late to get a refund. And he had already booked the vacation time. So, he’s crossing the border with mixed feelings. And he’s far from alone.

Whether it’s over the child-separation policy, or the travel ban on people from predominantly Muslim countries, or the tariffs recently slapped on Canadian products, there’s been plenty of chatter among Canadians about boycotting the United States, on principle.


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