Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has described the violence unleashed by supporters of outgoing US President Donald Trump in Washington on Wednesday as “an assault on democracy”.
Because the occasions in Washington, DC unfolded, Trudeau tweeted, “Canadians are deeply disturbed and saddened by the assault on democracy in america, our closest ally and neighbour. Violence won’t ever achieve overruling the desire of the individuals. Democracy within the US should be upheld – and it is going to be.”
His views have been echoed by Canada’s overseas minister Francois-Philippe Champagne, who tweeted, “Canada is deeply shocked by the scenario in Washington, DC. The peaceable transition of energy is prime to democracy – it should proceed and it’ll. We’re following developments intently and our ideas are with the American individuals.”
The statements from Canadian leaders got here whilst small pro-Trump protests additionally happened in a number of cities within the nation. A convoy of automobiles pushed by these describing themselves as “Canadians for President Trump” drove previous the US consulate in Toronto.
A couple of dozen automobiles participated, in accordance with International Information, and so they carried “Cease the Steal” flags, reflecting the accusations by Trump that the 2020 election had been misplaced because of electoral manipulation by supporters of his Democratic Get together rival, Joe Biden.
A small demonstration was additionally staged outdoors the US consulate in Vancouver, whereas a rally happened outdoors the Metropolis Corridor in Calgary within the province of Alberta.
Nevertheless, police in these cities didn’t report any incidents of violence through the course of the protests.
In a separate assertion issued by his workplace, Trudeau stated his authorities was “involved” over the developments in Washington, DC and was “following the scenario minute by minute because it unfolds”.
“We actually hope issues will settle down, however we’re going to maintain watching fastidiously,” he stated.