Trudeau calls Kamala Harris an ‘inspiration’

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OTTAWA  – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau  on Monday  praised the “historic milestone” marked in the United States by the election of Kamala Harris to the nation’s second-highest office.

During a news conference in Ottawa, Trudeau congratulated Harris and U.S. president-elect Joe Biden and said he looks forward to working with them to address common challenges and opportunities. He said Harris’s win sends an important message.

“For so many people in Canada and around the world, seeing a woman — and a Black and South Asian-American woman — elected as the next vice-president of the United States is an inspiration and a reminder that everyone’s voice belongs in politics,” he said.

Biden defeated Donald Trump to become the 46th U.S. president after securing enough electoral college votes on Saturday.

His win was declared by U.S. networks after days of uncertainty as election officials counted a record-high number of mail-in ballots. Biden surpassed the necessary 270 electoral college votes with a win in his home state of Pennsylvania, though Trump is contesting some states’ results.

Trudeau expresses ‘confidence’ in U.S. electoral system

Asked if he may have congratulated Biden too soon, Trudeau said Canada can be “quite certain” of the results because of the trust placed in the U.S. officials and institutions tabulating the vote.

“We have confidence in the processes that have operated in the United States,” he said.

Trudeau said he will continue to work with the current Trump administration until Jan. 20, when Biden is sworn in.

Asked about Trump’s refusal to concede defeat, Trudeau said his focus is on defending Canadian interests.