Canada’s leading politicians have been responding via social media, following an afternoon of unrest and riots in the U.S.

Taking to Twitter, party leaders like Justin Trudeau, Erin O’Toole, Jagmeet Singh and Annamie Paul have shared their thoughts.

They’re not the only ones, either.

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Perhaps unsurprisingly, one of the first Canadian politicians to speak about the events of January 6 online was Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who described the violence as an “attack on democracy.”


Canada’s Conservative Party leader shared a similar message to the PM. Erin O'Toole described the moment pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol building as “an assault on freedom and democracy.”

On Wednesday evening, Green Party leader Annamie Paul said she was following the situation with “deep concern,” noting that the events underscore a “healthy democracy.”

Jagmeet Singh, leader of the NDP, took a slightly different approach. In a statement similar to that of Barack Obama, Singh blamed Trump for his involvement in inciting the violence. 

Former Green Party leader Elizabeth May also tweeted her thoughts, pointing out the “systemic racism of law enforcement” that was on “full display” during the rioting.

Canada's Ambassador to the United States Kirsten Hillman also spoke out on Wednesday. She promised that officials were following the situation “very closely” and called for “calm during this time.”

Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs François-Philippe Champagne said the country is “deeply shocked by the situation in Washington DC” and said his thoughts are with the American people.

The Bloc Québécois leader, Yves-François Blanchet, also took aim at Trump on Wednesday, noting that the majority of Americans should now see that “this man and this ideology have not served them.”

Other well-known Canadians also shared their thoughts on the unfolding riots, including Toronto Mayor John Tory and Schitt’s Creek star Dan Levy, who described them as “absolutely disgusting.”

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