'You're fired' to 'good wins over evil': Canadians, PM Trudeau react to Joe Biden, Kamala Harris win and Trump's defeat

Elisabetta Bianchini
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The Associated Press has called the U.S. presidential race for Joe Biden, with Kamala Harris becoming the first female vice president in American history, while Donald Trump becomes one of the few single-term U.S. presidents.

President-elect Biden has taken to social media to release a statement, which reads, “I will be a President for all Americans — whether you voted for me or not.”

Harris also released a statement on Twitter, indicating the election is about “so much more” than herself and Biden, but rather about “the soul of America and our willingness to fight for it.”

Former U.S. president Barack Obama released a statement on social media congratulating Biden and Harris.

“We’re fortunate that Joe’s got what it takes to be President and already carries himself that way,” the statement reads. “Because when he walks into the White House in January, he’ll face a series of extraordinary challenges no incoming President ever has - a raging pandemic, an unequal economy and justice system, a democracy at risk, and a climate in peril.”

Hillary Clinton also posted a statement on social media, which states that “it's a history-making ticket, a repudiation of Trump, and a new page for America.”

Canadian leaders respond to Democratic win

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau congratulated Biden and Harris on their win, with Trudeau stating that he is “looking forward” to working together and building on the close ties between the two countries.

Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh congratulated president-elect Biden, quoting former NDP party leader Jack Layton.

“Love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world,” the quote reads.

He also congratulated vice president-elect Harris for her historic victory.

“You’ve sparked the imagination for generations of young women to come,” Singh’s statement reads.

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole also released a public statment, congratulating the Democrats and stating, “Canada’s Conservatives will always work with the U.S, to advance out common values and close economic ties.”

Canadians react to Biden - Harris win

While the news spread across the world, Canadians quickly took to social media to respond to the Democratic win.

Many even used the “you’re fired” quote Trump’s television show The Apprentice.

Many people were also quick to congratulate Harris, specifically identifying her connection to Montreal.