The man who has sparked international attention for Cape Breton in recent weeks says that with one exception he has not heard from any level of government.
Rob Calabrese created a website called “Cape Breton If Donald Trump Wins”, an ironic call for Americans to consider moving to Cape Breton if Donald Trump is elected president. In less than three weeks, thousands of Americans responded.
But, Calabrese said he’s genuinely disappointed that no one in government seems to be taking the requests seriously.
“You can’t say ‘We really want people to move to Cape Breton’ when you have 150 Immigration Department staff in Halifax and zero here,” he told CBC host Wendy Bergfeldt. Cape Breton’s. Main Street.
Need help from the government
He said Cape Breton needed provincially and federally funded immigration and settlement services in Cape Breton, not only for Americans with inquiries stemming from his internet call, but also for international students at Cape Breton University who wish to stay in Canada and other groups, such as Syrian refugees.
Calabrese wants the government to step in to answer questions posed by its website.
“We had 4,000 people writing to us and asking, ‘What do I have to do to get started?
“I’m a radio DJ and the front desk staff at Destination Cape Breton were digging into it,” Calabrese said, visibly frustrated.
“Could the government extend a helping hand to answer thousands of questions from people and… help us out here a little? Inquiries keep coming.”