Canada’s political leaders are commenting on pro-Donald Trump rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.
“There is an important electoral process unfolding in the United States and I think we all want it and need it to unfold properly and peacefully. So we certainly hope that things will calm down” Trudeau told NEWS 1130. “We’re going to keep watching carefully.”
The prime minister went on to release a statement on Twitter, which reads that “Canadians are deeply disturbed and saddened by the attack on democracy in the United States.”
“Violence will never succeed in overruling the will of the people. Democracy in the US must be upheld - and it will be.”
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh shared a tweet stating that the “horror” that occurred in Washington was “incited by Donald Trump” and “the violence must end.”
Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole called storming the U.S. Capitol “an astonishing assault on freedom and democracy.”
Canada’s Green Party Leader Annamie Paul tweeted Wednesday that, “moments such as these underscore the importance of respect for the rule of law and the peaceful transfer of power - principles upon which any healthy democracy depends.”
Toronto Mayor John Tory tweeted that what happened on Wednesday was “both disturbing and appalling.”
Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath called the scene at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday “horrifying.”
“Our hearts are with the people of Washington, DC and all Americans, as they defend their democracy from this brazen, hateful attack,” the tweet from Horwath reads.
The mob stormed the U.S. Capitol amid chaotic violence, with one person shot dead.
This comes after the U.S. president said that he will “never concede” after Joe Biden’s victory in the American election.
“We will never give up. We will never concede. It will never happen,” Trump said to a group of supporters near the White House. “You don’t concede when there’s theft involved. Our country has had enough. We will not take it anymore.”
Trump has since made his first acknowledgement that his term as U.S. president is coming to an end, saying that there will be an “orderly transition on January 20th.”
“Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th,” Trump said in a statement.
As the violence continued to unfold in the U.S., on Wednesday Canadians took to social media to share their thoughts on the situation, with some lost for words and others calling the situation “heartbreaking.”
As the night continued, “As a Canadian” started trending on Twitter, with many calling out that these horrendous event could happen in Canada as well.