Canada waits to know who will be living in White House for next four years


By Thomas I. Likness
EBC Edmonton Bureau

EDMONTON (Eagle News) — The voting is over. We await the results. And sometimes, we follow this election more closely than our own.

That’s right, tens of thousands of Canadians were glued to American news feeds last night waiting to find out who will be the next American president.

Why is that?

Living next door to the superpower of the west, we can’t help but be affected by what happens south of the border.

So is it Donald Trump or Joe Biden? Does it make much of a difference?

With Trump, we can expect more of the same. The chaos, the impetuous moves to block trade. The tariffs on Canadians goods going south.

One the positive side, it might be better for our energy industry. Trump is not noted for leaning toward the green movement.

What about Joe Biden? He’s a Democrat and historically, Democrat presidents have been more protectionist that Republicans when it comes to trade. That vanished under Trump, as some days he’s as protectionist as any Democrat. So on trade issues, it probably doesn’t matter who is in the White House. We’ll have to accommodate.

The energy issue? Biden’s green agenda will likely be moderated. The Senate is still controlled by the Republicans so it will be difficult to pass legislation that will penalize energy producers.

Earlier today, Prime Minister Trudeau told reporters his government is watching the election closely but he wouldn’t comment on the uncertainty surrounding it.

In Parliament, he said his government will defend Canadian interests no matter who is elected.

Trudeau has stayed neutral in this election.

We also hear that many Americans are considering moving to Canada if they don’t like the result.

We heard the same thing four years ago.

A lot of people looked into it.

Few called the movers.

(Eagle News Service)