Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated at the moment he is “concerned” by the violent actions of Trump supporters storming the Capitol constructing in Washington D.C., including he hopes the state of affairs calms down quickly.
“Obviously we’re concerned and we’re following the situation minute by minute as it unfolds,” Trudeau stated in a radio interview with News 1130 in Vancouver at the moment.
“I think the American democratic institutions are strong and hopefully everything will return to normal shortly. We’re going to continue to do what we need to do to make sure that Canadians are well served in our relationship with the United States, regardless of how things unfold.”
Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne reacted to the photographs from Washington by saying that “Canada is deeply shocked …”
“The peaceful transition of power is fundamental to democracy — it must continue and it will. We are following developments closely and our thoughts are with the American people,” Champagne stated on Twitter.
Conservative chief Erin O’Toole additionally spoke out towards the violence, condemning the actions of pro-Trump protesters as an assault on democracy.
“The storming of the Capitol Building is an astonishing assault on freedom and democracy. I am deeply saddened to see chaos grip our greatest ally today,” he stated in a social media submit.
Canada is deeply shocked by the state of affairs in Washington DC. The peaceable transition of energy is key to democracy – it should proceed and it’ll.<br><br>We are following developments carefully and our ideas are with the American individuals.
The protest staged by supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump began off peacefully however quickly noticed violent clashes with police.
Trump urged his supporters to return to Washington to protest Congress’s formal approval of president-elect Joe Biden’s win within the basic election — a course of that was underway when the protests started.
Several Republican lawmakers have backed Trump’s calls, regardless of the absence of any proof of fraud or wrongdoing within the election.
Both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives abruptly suspended proceedings as dozens of individuals breached safety perimeters on the Capitol. Lawmakers contained in the House chamber have been informed to placed on fuel masks as tear fuel was fired within the rotunda.
Ford says violence ‘disgraceful’
Images emerged of safety officers holding some protesters at gunpoint, barricading doorways to the House chamber and guarding it from inside with pistols drawn.
Canada’s ambassador to the United States stated all embassy employees in Washington D.C. are “safe and accounted for.”
“We call for calm during this time. Canadians in DC should follow the advice of local authorities,” stated Kirsten Hillman in a social media submit.
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh described the photographs popping out of Washington D.C. “frightening” and blamed Trump’s actions for the unrest.
“The horror unfolding in Washington is frightening and it was incited by Donald Trump. He can end it now, but refuses to. Democracy must not be intimidated. The violence must end,” he stated on Twitter.
We are following the developments on Capitol Hill very carefully. All Embassy employees are protected and accounted for. We name for calm throughout this time. Canadians in DC ought to observe the recommendation of native authorities.<a href=”https://t.co/AyTkdjU5S2″>https://t.co/AyTkdjU5S2</a>
Tweeting in French, Bloc Quebecois chief Yves-François Blanchet stated the state of affairs was provoked by Trump’s actions and people who observe him. A spokesperson for Green Party Leader Annamie Paul informed CBC that she is monitoring the state of affairs and his hoping for a “speedy and hopeful resolution.”
Ontario Premier Doug Ford issuing an announcement calling the state of affairs in Washington “absolutely disgraceful.”
“The peaceful transfer of power is crucial to any democracy and I’m incredibly disappointed with what we are witnessing in the United States today,” Ford stated.
Quebec Premier François Legault tweeted in English that whereas he was watching the occasions in D.C. carefully, he believes that the U.S. is a “great country” that “will rebound as it has always done in its history.”
Trump asks protesters to depart, repeats fraud claims
After repeated requires Trump to make a public assertion to inform his supporters to depart the Capitol, Trump posted a video assertion to his Twitter account repeating his claims that the election had been stolen and asking his supporters to go dwelling.
“I know you’re hurt. We had an election that was stolen from us. It was a landslide election and everyone knows it, especially the other side, but you have to go home now, we have to have peace,” Trump stated within the video.