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Americans welcome to come way north to make Lynn Lake great again

Tweet inviting Americans to little Manitoban community is “100 per cent serious," says town CAO.

Can Americans make Lynn Lake great again?

Can Americans make Lynn Lake great again?

Americans planning to flee the United States after the presidential election now have an earnest invitation to relocate north – far north to Lynn Lake, Man.

After presidential hopefuls Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton traded barbs in a highly publicized debate Monday night, the little town about 1,000 km north of Winnipeg dropped the mic.

“Have a skilled trade + #debatenight made u say #NoneOfTheAbove? Let’s talk. We may have a place for you here,” read the tweet from the Town of Lynn Lake’s official Twitter account on Tuesday morning.

And, according to the town’s chief administrative officer (CAO), “it’s completely serious.”

“Granted, there is some tongue-in-cheekedness, but it’s completely serious actually,” said Ric Stryde. “We have an absolute lack of certified, red seal trades people in town and we have a lot to offer.”

He explained that in terms of quality of life and access to the great outdoors like some have never seen before, Lynn Lake is hard to match.

“There’s some of the best hunting, fishing, canoeing and kayaking you can possibly find anywehere, we think that will appeal to some people,” Stryde said.

But the seriousness of the appeal, he reiterated, does come from a legitimate need for skilled trades people.

“We don’t have a certified electrician in town, or a certified plumber,” he said. “We don’t have a hair dresser in town, which is also a red seal trade.”

Some people in the town can do those jobs – and other common trades like auto mechanics – but they are otherwise outsourced to people from Winnipeg or Thompson willing to drive up to Lynn Lake.

The town office had around a dozen “Make Lynn Lake Great Again” hats made to borrow Donald Trump’s catchy slogan and embody the idea that, with an influx of people, the town could be revitalized.

Today, its population is around 700. But not long ago, as recent as 1996, it was greater than 1,000 inhabitants. Before then, it was 4,000-strong.

Stryde said the community has a lot to offer skilled American workers wanting a quieter life as far from their presidential worst nightmare as possible.

“If we can find a way to help ‘em out we’ll look at options, if they’re coming out of the states we can look at sponsoring them… the town has a lot of property, maybe there’s something to look at there,” he said. “We’re 100 per cent serious. If they’re interested in immigrating and want to come up here, we have a lifestyle advantage to offer and we’d welcome them.” 

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