Afterwards I told myself that the term Bush dodgers was an obvious one to coin in the Canadian context, so I decided to do a Google search (5 November 2004) to see how current the term was. As usual, Google gave me a good picture of its use.
From the results I obtained the earliest attestation was in a blog by Shatnerian (resident in Quebec) dated 23 July 2004. It starts:
vancouver.craigslist.org > rants & raves > "Bush Dodgers"
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Date: 2004-11-03, 4:11PM PST
Someone needs to name this set of people, and it might as well be me.
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Nally Nov-03-2004 4:23PM
So how many of you will be taking in "Bush Dodgers"?
Alibabwa 3/6 Nov-04-2004 8:41AM
No no no! If all the anti-Bush crowd leaves the country it'll only be easier for the States to elect the same or worse next time. Encourage "Bush Dodgers" to stay, heck marry an American so YOU can vote in the next election!
Louisa Herron Thomas writes a most informative and helpful text on the Slate site in answer to the many enquiries about moving to Canada. "How To Move to Canada. Will they take us in?" posted on 3 November 2004 includes the sentence
When an expression is taken up by the popular media you know it has gained wide currency, at least potentially. In a highly entertaining article entitled "We await their arrival" published in the Toronto Sun on 2 November 2004 columnist Gary Dunford starts off:
© 5 November 2004 Russon Wooldridge