VICTORIA — British Columbia Premier Christy Clark is congratulating incoming American president Donald Trump, saying the U.S. is a close friend and partner of the province.
“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.”
The softwood agreement reached in 2006 expired more than a year ago and negotiations to renew it are continuing as B.C., one of the world’s largest exporters of softwood lumber, tries to promote its wood products globally.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, Clark said presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s run for the top office in the U.S. was an important signal to millions of girls and women.
Clark said last month that women’s equality in politics was suffering because of the toxic presidential race.
She also condemned Trump during the U.S. election campaign for lewd remarks he was caught saying on video more than a decade ago about touching women without their consent.
Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson said it’s too early to speculate on the impact the Trump win would have on the city.
“Certainly, many people are hurting after such a bitter campaign, with far too much racism and sexism,” he said.
“I think the United States and everyone connected to it have a lot of healing to do right now.”
Robertson spoke against Trump’s proposal for a ban on Muslim immigrants last December, when he sent a letter to a developer. He urged it to drop Trump’s name from a tower being built in the city, saying the presidential hopeful’s “hateful positions” had no place in Vancouver.
On Wednesday, he said it was hard to accept the tone and content of the election campaign.
“The racism and sexism are a huge concern in a city like Vancouver that’s so committed to inclusion and people of all walks of life being together and living in harmony.”