Both Christy Clark, BC Premier, and John Horgan, Leader of the NDP, have released statements regarding the recent election in the United States.
Premier’s statement on elections in the United States
Premier Christy Clark has issued the following statement following yesterday’s elections in the United States of America:
“On behalf of British Columbia, I would like to congratulate President-elect Donald J. Trump, as well as Governor Jay Inslee in Washington State, Senator Lisa Murkowski in Alaska, and everyone else who pursued elected office.
“The United States is a close friend and partner of British Columbia. Alongside the Government of Canada, we will work diligently and with determination to ensure we protect and grow the relationship that is crucial to working families in our province on issues like free trade and a new softwood lumber agreement.
“As well, we should recognize Secretary Hillary Clinton’s historic run. For the first time, a woman has contested the presidency for one of the two major political parties – a significant and important signal to the millions of women and girls around the globe who saw it happen, in real time.”
Elections are about choices, says Horgan
New Democrat leader John Horgan released the following statement regarding the outcome of the American election:
“Elections are about choices. And this election, Americans chose change.
“We heard Americans talk about feeling left behind, left out, ignored and belittled. They were asking themselves ‘does government work for me?’ And now we know their answer. People in our province and around the world are thinking about what this means for their lives.
“I believe that many people in British Columbia want change – for things to be better than they are – but change that also reflects our values: fairness, equality, caring for each other and preparing for the future of our province and our people.
“We live in an abundant place, yet we risk becoming a province where only the rich can thrive.
“Just like in America, people in B.C. can see that our economy is not working for everyone.
“With such abundance in our province, is it any wonder that people question why we are falling so far behind in public education, seniors care, mental health care, child care and affordable housing?
“I hope that no one in British Columbia wants to embrace the angry, sexist, prejudiced and divisive politics that carried Donald Trump to the White House.
“I hope we can work together for change of a different kind. Change we can be proud of, that makes people’s lives better.”
The BC Greens have not issued a statement.