Martin Short on Canadians in Trump's America: "We're the Aliens They Don't Deport"

Martin Short - H 2016
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Martin Short - H 2016

The 'SNL' grad told an Ottawa awards gala that Americans are jealous of his Canadian passport, "particularly in the last five months."

Saturday Night Live alum Martin Short told an Ottawa awards gala Wednesday night that Canadian-born entertainers in Hollywood, like himself, aren't looking over their shoulders for Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

"As someone who spends so much of his time in the United States, keep in mind we're the aliens they don't deport," Short said of Canadians in Trump's America, while receiving a tribute at the 25th Governor General's Performing Arts Awards ceremony. Short, who was born in Hamilton, Ontario, grew to fame as one of the performers on Canada's SCTV, before heading stateside to join the cast of Saturday Night Live.

His feature film credits include Three Amigos and Father of the Bride. "I can honestly say I've never met an American who wasn't just a tad bit envious of my passport, particularly in the last five months for some reason," Short said, drawing laughter and applause.

He added Canadians have much that Americans go without, including multicultural harmony. "Canada took steps long ago to become a model for the world. Universal health care — we did that long ago. Sensible gun control policy — again, long ago."

"Oh, we have Justin Trudeau. And … they don't," Short added light-heartedly about the Canadian leader. Also honored in Ottawa with lifetime achievement awards were Michael J. Fox and Michael Buble, the Canadian crooner who was making his first awards show appearance since news of his son's cancer battle was first revealed in Nov. 2016.

"I stand here truly humbled that I have been allowed to be one of your musical representatives and that you would choose to bestow this honor upon me during what has been an emotionally difficult time for my family," Buble told the audience.

Buble earlier withdrew from hosting duties at the Brit Awards and the Juno Awards to care for his 3-year-old son.