After a tumultuous 4 years introduced on by the Trump presidency, Joe Biden’s victory might usher in a brand new period of calm within the White House — one thing Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne says is essential to strengthening ties with different nations.
“In international affairs, stability and predictability are key elements in order to build these relationships. So certainly we look forward to doing that,” Champagne informed CBC Chief Political Correspondent Rosemary Barton.
“We’ve seen for more than a century now this close relationship between our two countries. And we can be a force for good in the world,” he mentioned in an interview on Rosemary Barton Live.
Biden’s win got here Saturday after greater than three days of uncertainty as election officers within the U.S. sorted by means of a surge of mail-in votes. The president-elect crossed the edge of 270 electoral school votes with a win in his dwelling state of Pennsylvania, securing Nevada’s six electoral votes later within the day.
Trump has not conceded the race and is threatening additional authorized motion on poll counting.
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‘We can rebuild’ relationships: Champagne
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau mentioned he’s trying ahead to working with Biden to deal with a few of “the world’s greatest challenges,” together with local weather change and the COVID-19 pandemic. The international well being disaster has closed the Canada-U.S. border to non-essential journey since March.
During his victory speech, Biden mentioned he would identify a gaggle of scientists and specialists on Monday to assist his administration get the United States’ coronavirus disaster beneath management.
“When I heard the president-elect yesterday talking about the COVID response and … said that they would be guided by science, that resonates with Canadians,” Champagne mentioned. “Canada obviously will be following up on the work of the committee that he’s been putting together.”
The international affairs minister additionally mentioned he hoped to work with Biden and different leaders to resume relationships with worldwide organizations.
“I think that what happened in the last four years, in terms of some of those relationships, we can rebuild,” Champagne mentioned. “Certainly there’s a will by Canada to work with this new administration, to work with colleagues around the world, whether it’s about the World Health Organization, the World Trade Organization, the United Nations.”
Mark McKinnon, U.S. political advisor and co-host of Showtime’s The Circus, mentioned Biden’s former flip as vice chairman means Canada has expertise working with the incoming chief.
“It’s not only good for Canada, it’s good for the world order in the sense that Donald Trump just wanted to sort of throw the table over and break things,” McKinnon informed Barton. “Joe Biden wants to put things together. I think it’s going to be very steadying for the world order and for Canada and our relationship.”
Canada-China relations, Keystone XL high priorities
A brand new chief might additionally spell modifications for China-U.S. relations, one thing that might have an effect on Canada’s personal strained relationship with China as Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor strategy their second yr of detention in that nation.
“I have no doubt we’re going to be working together with key countries, key allies around the world, to make sure that we face that challenge together,” Champagne mentioned.
Also topping Canada’s precedence listing is the destiny of the Keystone XL pipeline, a mission threatened by a Biden presidency.
The president-elect says he plans to rescind approval for the mission, which might carry 830,000 barrels of crude oil per day from Alberta to Nebraska.
“This is top of the agenda. We’re going to be making our case, saying that Canada is the most reliable energy supplier to the United States,” Champagne mentioned. “We’ve been working together for decades now.”
Canada-U.S. relationship suffered a ‘main hit,’ congressman says
Democratic congressman Brian Higgins, who represents the border cities of Buffalo and Niagara Falls in western New York, informed Barton in a separate interview that the Canada-U.S. relationship might be “dramatically different” beneath Biden.
“[Canadians] are our friends, they are our trading partners, they have been with us in the toughest times,” mentioned Higgins, who was re-elected into the U.S. House of Representatives this week and serves as co-chair of the Congressional Northern Border Caucus.
“This relationship has taken a major hit over the past four years because of the arrogance of this president,” Higgins mentioned.
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The congressman pointed to Canada’s “early, strong and united” response to COVID-19 as one instance of the international locations’ variations, characterizing the United States’ strategy as “slow, sloppy and chaotic.”
“I understand that your prime minister, Justin Trudeau, has already reached out to president-elect Biden, and I think that’s indicative of a vastly improved relationship that will occur over the next four years,” Higgins mentioned.
For his half, Champagne mentioned he would await a extra “appropriate” time to journey to the U.S. to fulfill with Biden.
“We have to be gracious … we worked well in some respects with the last administration. Look at NAFTA, as a good example,” the minister mentioned. “So we’ll do things properly … but also planning for a good future together.”