Kathleen Wynne ‘worried’ about Trump win
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has expressed her concern with U.S. president-elect Donald Trump’s campaign promises and said his agenda will not be good for Ontario, especially for free trade.
“There are many things for us to be worried about in the outcome,” the premier told a class of business students during the Ted Rogers MBA Talks at Ryerson University yesterday.
Wynne said Canada is interdependent on the United States for trade and the global economy has become more fragile this week because of the U.S. election results.
During his campaign, Trump has threatened to pull the United States out of the North American Free Trade Agreement, which would have a great effect on Ontario.
“We are going to have to focus on our strengths and sharpen our pencils,” Wynne said.
The premier also expressed her concern regarding Trump’s views on climate change, saying it is a problem the president-elect “seemed to not see the urgency of climate change”.
“But the United States is not the only country in the world,” she said. “Obviously, they are critical to us and our economies are integrated, but there are dozens of countries around the world and majority of these countries understand that we have to tackle climate change.”
Wynne said she hopes Trump will have more openness to having conversations about the issue as he starts to see what is happening around the world and have conversations with international leaders.
“In the meantime, we are not going to step away from our responsibility as a province,” she said.
Ryerson MBA student Nader Daouk, one of the audiences of the talk, said he agrees on Wynne’s reaction on the results of the U.S. election.
“It was something that we all felt. We were surprised,” Daouk said in an interview. “It is something that we cannot change and cannot do anything about except move on the best way we can. It is what it is and we have to deal with it right now.”
Trump supporter Alish Rezaie, a first-year business student at Ryerson, said the president-elect is a “pushback” to American politics.
“He is a big stop sign saying people do not like what is happening right now,” Rezaie said in an interview. “Trump is known as an outsider who is going to come in and basically re-set Washington.”
Fahim Khan, a Ryerson student who referred to himself as a ‘Muslim Trump supporter’ said the president-elect can provide Americans the strong leadership they need, considering what he has done as a businessman.
“I know Trump has made comments he should not have made and did things that were not right,” Khan said in an interview. “He is not the perfect candidate, but if you compare him to Clinton, you will find he is the better choice.”
Mika Tamaki, a first-year Ryerson psychology student, expressed her fear in a Trump presidency, saying the effects of the U.S. election results are unavoidable in Canada.
She said she passed by a person wearing a hat with the words ‘Make America Great Again’ on her way to class yesterday.
“I was terrified because I cannot walk in the street without thinking that someone might be a Trump supporter and take advantage of me,” Tamaki said in an interview. “Some people would easily support Trump just to tick people off.”
Although she was not sure on who to support between the two candidates before, Tamaki said the fear she was feeling was from the results of the election.
“For me, seeing one election destroy 60 years of progress with one idea is absolutely terrifying,” she said.