Here’s a larger chunk of the Guardian article that ran this morning headed “Watching our neighbours,” and written by Jim Day:
The actual number of people residing in the province who are eligible to vote in Tuesdays United States election is not known. About 600,000 U.S. expatriates living in Canada have registered in time to vote.
Peter Rukavina of Charlottetown is one of them.
Rukavina, who has dual Canada/U.S. citizenship, considers himself a citizen of the United States. Although he spent only the first four months of his life living in the States, the website developer is in the U.S. on business about six weeks a year.
“I consider it a duty to vote,” he said.
Rukavina said he has been following this U.S. election more closely than any in the past. He has cast his ballot by mail for Kerry, which, he said, is really more a vote against Bush.
He has concerns with Bushs war in Iraq. He said the president seems arrogant and unwilling to listen to other opinions.
Rukavina said he has friends in the United States who say they would seriously consider moving to Canada if Bush is re-elected.
“I think they just dont feel they can stay in a country that Bush represents,” he said.
As a result of this excerpt, Catherine received four angry telephone calls this morning from Guardian readers while I was out at the market with Oliver.
In general, I was accused by the callers — all of whom somehow assumed that venting to Catherine was reasonable in lieu of me — of being some combination of anti-God, anti-family, a draft-dodger, a university professor, or naive about the war.
While everyone is entitled to their opinion, it does seem a little much to make unsoliticed Saturday morning calls, to my partner, about political disagreements. Send me a letter. Write me an email. Disparage me on your weblog. Rent a billboard.