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How Canadian Politicians Responded To Donald Trump's Election Victory

"We look forward to working very closely with President-elect Trump, his administration, and with the United States Congress in the years ahead."

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I congratulate President-elect @realDonaldTrump on his election victory – please read my full statement: https://t.co/Kv7fK6B5BA

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a statement Wednesday to congratulate US President-elect Donald Trump on his stunning election victory.

“Canada has no closer friend, partner, and ally than the United States," the statement said. "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."

Trudeau's statement also said that, “The relationship between our two countries serves as a model for the world. Our shared values, deep cultural ties, and strong integrated economies will continue to provide the basis for advancing our strong and prosperous partnership.”

Trudeau expanded in the statement in a series of tweets:

Our shared values are strong. Our common purpose is to build countries where everyone has a fair chance to succeed. (...)

...and where the government works first, foremost and always for the people it governs.

The Canadian government will continue its hard work toward these ends.

...and we offer our hand in partnership with our neighbours as friends and allies as they move forward.

Former prime minister Stephen Harper also congratulated Trump on his "impressive victory."

Congratulations to Donald Trump on his impressive victory. Canada/US partnership is strong. There is much to do, incl moving ahead with KXL.

Harper, who left politics to start a consulting firm earlier this year, specifically named the stalled Keystone XL pipeline as a project Canada and the US could work together on.

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall also cited the pipeline as a priority in a statement congratulating Trump. However, he warned that the North American Free Trade Agreement was at risk due to Trump's repeated calls during the campaign to cancel or renegotiate the treaty.

Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch, whose focus on "Canadian values" has led to comparisons between her and Trump, hailed the US election results as a victory against elites and vowed to bring the same message to Canada.

Got this from my old boss. I'm so disappointed in you, @KellieLeitch. You were Status of Women Minister - shame on… https://t.co/32Ct2fLCyc

Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose, NDP leader Thomas Mulcair, and Green Party leader Elizabeth May have not yet issued statements about Trump's win. May did, however, tweet concerns that a Trump victory would be a major setback for the fight against climate change:

And Paris Agreement - where Trump can do maximum damage. @glen_mcgregor

Conservative MP Michelle Rempel was also active on Twitter. When it became clear that a Trump presidency was increasingly likely, she tweeted this:


Craig Silverman is a media editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto.

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