Reaction is pouring in from all levels of government as president-elect Donald Trump gets to work.
President Barack Obama called for unity as the transition happens.
“It is no secret the president-elect and I have some pretty significant differences,” he said outside the White House. “But remember, eight years ago, President Bush and I had some pretty significant differences. But President Bush’s team could not have been more professional or more gracious in making sure that we had a smooth transition so we could hit the ground running.”
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Obama says he invited Trump to come to the White House Thursday to begin the transition discussions.
Through the election campaign, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was careful not to favour one candidate over the other, saying only he will work with whoever wins the election. In a statement released early Wednesday morning, Trudeau continued that sentiment.
“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I would like to congratulate Donald J. Trump on his election as the next President of the United States,” he wrote. “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.”
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Rachel Notley said Wednesday Alberta would continue with its climate change strategy, regardless of Trump’s stance.
She also said she’d be “surprised” if Ottawa softened its stance on climate change in light of Trump’s win.
The premier also said a Canadian pipeline remains a priority for Alberta. However, Notley said her government’s focus is diversifying.
“The most important objective for us is to diversify our markets and diversify access to markets,” she said.
She declined to offer her personal reaction to Trump winning the election.
“It’s very important to respect the rule of law… founded on the democratic process of elections,” the premier said. “We have to respect that.”
However, Notley said some might describe it as “one step back” after several steps forward. She explained many people in the U.S. had hoped to finally see a woman elected president.
The premier said Hillary Clinton inspired women around the world, including in Alberta, but said more work is needed to support and encourage women in leadership positions. (kb) (with files from Global News)
We will continue to update this story as more reaction comes in.