As Americans anxiously await the results of a decent presidential race, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau mentioned at present he will not weigh in till the end result turns into “sufficiently clear.”
During a information convention in Ottawa, Trudeau mentioned it is essential to permit the electoral course of to unfold with out overseas interference.
“We always think about the concern of 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 institutions,” he mentioned.
“And that’s why we’re going to remain very cautious about making any pronouncements in regard to the electoral processes in the U.S. until the outcome is sufficiently clear.”
U.S. President Donald Trump has continued his makes an attempt to problem and undermine the electoral course of as his Democrat rival Joe Biden inches nearer to a possible victory.
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With a document excessive variety of mail-in ballots as a result of world pandemic, Trump has tried to painting the sluggish and methodical counting course of as proof of fraud. He has mounted authorized challenges to cease the counting of ballots in states the place continued counting may give Biden a bonus.
Trump accused the Democrats of attempting to “steal” the election with “illegal votes” however has supplied no proof to again up his claims.
Ballots are nonetheless being counted in key states, days after Tuesday’s election.
PM retains confidence in U.S. electoral system
Trudeau mentioned he has religion within the American electoral system.
“We will continue to have confidence in the American institutions that have managed their electoral processes over many decades and indeed centuries, but 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,” he mentioned.
Trudeau and Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole have been cautious to not weigh in on the presidential race, however NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet have mentioned bluntly that they hope Trump loses.
Blanchet mentioned a Trump defeat can be good for the whole planet.