WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW IN OTTAWA
> About two-thirds of Canadians are “shocked” or “upset” about Donald Trump’s electoral victory, a new poll suggests. About half of the respondents to the Angus Reid Institute survey say they think the president-elect will have a harmful effect on Canada, and about two-thirds say he will diminish the United States’ standing in the world. Women were particularly critical of Mr. Trump, and male respondents were more likely to say they “understood” why he was elected. The poll contacted 1,515 Canadians online on Nov. 9 and 10. Online polls don’t have a recognized margin of error.
> Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the election of Mr. Trump does not change his plans for national carbon pricing.
> Canadian companies that began operating in Iran with an easing of sanctions this year may need to think again.
> Veterans say Ottawa has been dragging its feet with consultations rather than addressing a serious suicide problem.
> Science Minister Kirsty Duncan shared her stories of sexism from her pre-politics career in research.
> And Kellie Leitch, who is betting everything in the Conservative leadership race on rallying the “anti-elite” vote, isn’t above holding $500-a-plate fundraising dinners with lawyers.
U.S. ELECTION 2016
> The transition begins: The Globe’s Marcus Gee writes on the respectful tone between President Barack Obama and his soon-to-be-successor Donald Trump at their Oval Office meeting on Thursday. “The meeting underlined the switch from the intensity of the election campaign to the formality of the transition, with all its rituals of reconciliation. That contrast was especially sharp because it follows the most acrimonious campaign in memory.”
> The lesser of two lessers: Clifford Orwin says Donald Trump didn’t win only because Hillary Clinton lost. “True, he, too, was a terrible candidate. If her negatives were not the highest ever registered by a presidential candidate, it was because his were even higher.”
> The lesson of Hillary: Lawyer Marie Henein says “Going high when they go low means you speak only to people who were listening in the first place. It’s like bringing thank-you cards to a knife fight.” She writes that women have learned a powerful lesson from the defeat of Hillary Clinton. “We know what we need to do. We will lick our wounds, buck up, and we’ll be starting a little further ahead because you ran.”
> Europe watches Trump: Eric Reguly says Trump’s victory is a win for Europe’s populist parties as an election cycle looms. “To them, Mr. Trump’s win proved that Brexit – Britain’s June vote to exit the European Union – was not a one-off event but part of a backlash in the Western world against the centrist, liberal economic order that has dominated European politics for decades.”
> Trump’s jobs plan will fall flat: Konrad Yakabuski says Donald Trump’s idea of reviving rust-belt manufacturing are stuck in the era of Wally and Beaver Cleaver. “Mr. Trump can’t unwind the robot trend any more than he can reverse the geographical shift of U.S. manufacturing from Rust Belt states to southern ones with friendlier (for business) tax and labour laws.”
> A boost for the Trump empire: Marketing reporter Susan Krashinsky writes that Donald Trump’s business empire is likely to reap the benefits of his presidency. “Just as many forecasts of the U.S. presidential election got the results spectacularly wrong, so did those who expected that Donald Trump’s business empire would be in shambles. … Now that the results are in, president-elect Trump’s brand is more powerful than ever.”
> Racist incidents reported: Eric Andrew-Gee writes of “an untold number of Americans who have faced racist abuse since Donald Trump was elected president, often in ways that were clearly provoked by the triumph of a man who has denigrated African-Americans, Mexicans and Muslims, and who was endorsed by the Ku Klux Klan.”
> Judge raises eyebrows: Laura Stone, Robert Fife and Sean Fine report on Ontario Court Justice Bernd Zabel, who entered a Hamilton courtroom on Wednesday wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat to mark president-elect Donald Trump’s “historic” victory.
WHAT EVERYONE’S TALKING ABOUT
Margaret Wente (Globe and Mail): “Many Trump voters didn’t think a lot about what he’d do in office. They thought a lot of it was bluster. They thought that he’d be constrained by the checks and balances of the U.S. Constitution, by wise advisers, or by the alchemy of the Oval Office that might transform him into someone he is not. But what you see is what you get. Donald Trump’s massive flaws of character and temperament make him the biggest threat to American liberal democracy in our lifetimes.”
Vic Satzewich (Globe and Mail): “The immigration processing system is already slow, and to interview the 1.3 million people who apply every year for a visa to test for Canadian values would be a logistical nightmare.”
Colin Robertson (Globe and Mail): “The byword going forward, for federal and provincial governments, should be constant engagement with their counterparts in the United States. The best way to shield ourselves from populism and protectionism is by personally making our case to Americans.”
Andrew MacDougall (Ottawa Citizen): “The rise of cable news and the decline of political discourse isn’t simple correlation, it’s causation. Every candidate fart now rates air time because there is so much air time to fill. Trump’s noxious views would never have graduated to network news such as CBS without first causing a stink on cable.”
Jennifer Ditchburn (Policy Options): “There is much work to be done, even now, 100 years after women in Manitoba became the first to gain the right to vote. But before you get too depressed at what’s happening south of the border, spare a thought for the accomplishments of our women here at home.”Report Typo/Error
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