In The Media

Some of what was said Wednesday in Canada about the U.S. election result

by Staff (feat. Colin Robertson)

The Hamilton Spectator
November 9, 2016

OTTAWA — Some of what was said Wednesday about the potential impact on Canada of president-elect Donald Trump:

"The relationship between Canada and the United States is based on shared values and shared hopes and dreams and we will always work well together. We are strong because we listen to each other and we respect each other." — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

"Any relationship will change with new incumbents. But our relationship is founded on some pretty fundamental principles, and we'll work continuously on those fundamental principles and we anticipate that it will go well, as it has with other administrations." — Gov. Gen. David Johnston

"Canada and the U.S. have been usually pretty resilient in working through difficulties as and when they arise." — Johnston

"The United States is, and will remain, Canada's closest friend and ally. Our unique relationship has stood the test of nearly 150 years." — Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose

"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." — NDP Leader Tom Mulcair

"If they want to have a discussion about improving NAFTA, then we're ready to come to the table." — David MacNaughton, Canadian ambassador to Washington.

"We will not be seeing a carbon tax in the U.S. any time soon. It makes no sense for our federal government to push ahead with imposing a national carbon tax, when our biggest trading partner — and our biggest competitor for investment and jobs — is not going to have one." — Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall

"He's a deal maker. He wants to know: what do you have to offer?" — Georganne Burke, a former Conservative party staffer and a Trump supporter, speaking of the president-elect

"Mr. Trump campaigned in punchlines and broad strokes but not a lot of detail. Now, the transition team will be working on the detail. We can work on that in the coming month to shape that." — Colin Robertson, a former Canadian diplomat who has served in the United States

"I think Canada is well-placed, honestly. I don't think this is the gloom and doom for Canada at all." — Sarah Goldfeder, a former diplomat with the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa.


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