Newspaper article The Canadian Press

From the PM to Pro-Athletes, Prominent Figures React to Trump Victory

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

From the PM to Pro-Athletes, Prominent Figures React to Trump Victory

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Just what was said: reactions to Trump victory

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From the prime minister to pro-athletes, a number of prominent figures from across Canada are weighing in on Donald Trump's election as America's 45th president. Here is what some of them are saying:

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"Canada has no closer friend, partner, and ally than the United States. We look forward to working very closely with president-elect Trump, his administration, and with the United States Congress in the years ahead, including on issues such as trade, investment, and international peace and security." -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

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"As Canada works with the new administration, our focus in the Official Opposition will continue to be on bilateral initiatives that will contribute to the Canadian economy, create jobs, and enhance our collective security. That will include holding the current Canadian government to account on resolving trade irritants like the softwood lumber dispute." -- Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose

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"I think when you see the type of racist, sexist comments that were made by Mr. Trump during the campaign those are things we don't want here in Canada....And far from backing down from it I hope that Justin Trudeau will stand up for those same Canadian values." -- NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.

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"It's clearly horrific...The possibility that the U.S. electorate has just condemned our grandchildren is a significant risk." -- Green Party Leader Elizabeth May

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"I'm glad the election over. I think it was an ugly, terrible affair and I don't think it's done much to raise the level of discourse on civic issues, so I'm glad it's done and over with." -- British Columbia Premier Christy Clark.

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"My fear is that those divisions that have been really widened, I think in this election campaign, are going to be that much harder to bridge. I just do not believe that a strong nation, a strong economy is made stronger by those kinds of divisions and those kinds of animosities." -- Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne

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"The Republicans have the presidency, the senate, the house and will soon dramatically change the U.S. judiciary. This is a party that has run on a platform that allows gays and lesbians not to be served under their religious freedom laws, to undo gay marriage, to attack being a (gay) parent. …

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