U.S. election reaction: PM Trudeau 'very cautious' about saying anything that could interfere with incredibly close presidential race

Elisabetta Bianchini
·3 min read

The U.S. presidential election is getting close to the finish line, as Joe Biden pushes ahead of Donald Trump in Georgia, Pennsylvania and Nevada.

But Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, was cautious in his comments about the American electoral process, including plans from Trump to challenge the vote count in many states.

“Obviously we are watching, as everyone is, the processes in the United States unfold,” Trudeau said at a press conference on Friday. “We will continue to have confidence in the American institutions that have managed their electoral processes over many decades and indeed centuries.”

“We will continue to be alert so we can ensure we’re protecting Canadian interests and Canadian values in regards to our closest trading partner and nearest neighbour.”

The prime minister went on to stress the importance of electoral processes around the world to occur without “foreign interventions or interference.”

“We always think about the concern about hostile actors interfering or intervening in electoral processes but even friends can have an influence on public discourse around internal processes that are key to defending democratic institution,” Trudeau said. “That’s why we are going to remain very cautious about making any pronouncements in regards to the electoral processes in the United States until the outcome is sufficiently clear.”

In anticipation of the potential win, people in Canada have taken to social media to comment on the big change on Friday morning.

Many also expressed particular excitement about the prospect of Kamala Harris becoming the next U.S. vice president.

Many also commented on how Republicans will respond if Trump wins the presidency, with the possibility of many speaking out against his actions as the President of the United States.