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Trudeau prepares for possible ‘disruptions’ after U.S. election outcome; Edmonton faces new voluntary restrictions

On Thursday, Oct. 8, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that Canada needs to be ready for “all outcomes” of the U.S. presidential election, such as if there are any “disruptions” following the result.

Trudeau shared his thoughts on the controversy in the U.S., after announcing a $295 million investment from the federal government into a Ford Motor Co. assembly complex in Ontario. The investment, which was matched by Premier Doug Ford’s provincial government, will make it a global hub for battery electric vehicle production.

In Alberta, a record-high spike of 364 new daily cases was announced. Dr. Deena Hinshaw said that a worrisome trend may have developed in its epicentre of Edmonton — where new voluntary restrictions have been introduced — because some people will only follow public health recommendations if they’ve been “personally impacted” by COVID-19.

In Prince Edward Island, the province’s top doctor raised concern about the current “Atlantic bubble,” after an outbreak was reported in New Brunswick, where there are now more active cases than the rest of the Atlantic provinces combined. In New Brunswick, officials announced new mandatory mask restrictions on Thursday, while they also suspended non-essential travel between itself and a Quebec border community.

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Trudeau’s focus on Canada’s COVID-19 response, not U.S. election debates

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was asked repeatedly to share his thoughts regarding the U.S. presidential election, especially on Canada’s response if Donald Trump doesn’t accept Nov. 3’s results.

It’s a rumour that has gained traction with Trump and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence not providing clear answers as to how they would respond to potential defeat in the 2020 election, such as if there will be a peaceful transfer of power.

The prime minister on Thursday said that he’s watched “clips” from both the U.S. presidential and vice-presidential debates, but “my focus right now needs to be on keeping Canadians safe and working with premiers across this country to engage in everything we need to do to control this second wave.”

“Of course what happens in the United States is going to be impacting Canada after the election. But our job is to be ready for all outcomes.”

Trudeau was then pressured to elaborate on what “all outcomes” could mean. 

“Well I think we’re certainly all hoping for a smooth transition or a clear result from the election, like many people are around the world,” said Trudeau. “If it is less clear, there may be some disruptions and we need to be ready for any outcomes, and I think that’s what Canadians would expect of their government, and we’re certainly reflecting on that.”

The prime minister said that he doesn’t comment or weigh in on American political processes.

Trump has repeatedly questioned the integrity of the upcoming U.S. election due to the significant amount of Americans who will be