With the U.S. election fast approaching, Canada’s prime minister is keeping schtum about which candidate he’d like to win.
Although Justin Trudeau has spoken about Tuesday’s election on multiple occasions, he’s been keeping it pretty vague when it comes to his preferred outcome.
That said, he admitted that his government is preparing for “disruptions,” should the result be unclear.
While U.S. presidents have endorsed Canadian prime ministers in the past, including an Obama-Trudeau approval in 2019, it seems the PM is keeping his opinions to himself.
For now, at least.
Who are the presidential candidates?
Running for reelection in the United States is current president, Donald Trump.
The 74-year-old leader has said winning the election “should be easy,” as he claims his administration did more than any other in its first two years.
The Democratic nominee challenging Trump is Joe Biden, who was vice president to Barack Obama for eight years.
The 77-year-old says that allowing Trump to stay in the White House for another four years would “forever and fundamentally alter the character of this nation.”
As of November 2, over 96 million Americans had already cast their vote.
What has Trudeau said so far?
Rather than endorse a particular party or candidate, which is actually permitted, the Canadian PM has kept his personal preference private so far.
Rather than publicizing his support for one person or another, Trudeau says he has focused his efforts on making sure Canada is “prepared” for any possible outcome.
Speaking in October, the PM said he was hopeful that everything would go smoothly on the other side of the border come November 3.
However, he admitted that preparations were being made by his government should there be any “disruptions.”
Trudeau clarified his nonpartisan position by telling reporters, “As you know, as a matter of course I don't comment or weigh in on American political processes," he said.
What do Canadians think?
While Justin Trudeau is keeping his opinions about the U.S. election pretty quiet, Canadians are prepared to be less impartial.
According to a poll from 338Canada and Léger, published in early-October, a whopping 72% of surveyed Canadians said they would support Democratic nominee, Joe Biden.
On the other hand, only 14% of respondents said they would vote for Trump, while the remaining 14% were undecided.
Whatever happens in the days that follow November 3, the outcome is expected to be “significant” for Canada.
However, until an official result is confirmed, we can expect the prime minister to keep his mouth firmly closed.