Mayor John Tory says he hopes Trump will take a cue from Toronto in 'bringing people together'
'I saw him this morning saying, ‘I’m the president of all the people'... One trusts that he will act that way'
Following a sweeping presidential victory by Donald Trump that caught most pollsters and pundits by surprise, Toronto Mayor John Tory says he trusts the United States will adjust to their president-elect — but added that he'd be "delighted" to welcome any Americans who'd like to move to the city.
Tory made the comments outside city hall Wednesday morning, just hours after the final election results rolled in.
He noted that Trump marks a significant shift in leadership for Canada's southern neighbours, but said the U.S. was nevertheless "the most resilient country in the world."
"I think we have [to take] a moment to pause, because at the end of the day this is a big change," the mayor said, before adding that he, nevertheless, expects Americans will cope.
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"I saw him this morning saying, 'I'm the president of all the people,' — and I think that's a welcome thing for him to say and one trusts that he will act that way," Tory said.
"You know, it's a democracy. I will continue to focus here on my job, which is to make sure that we believe here in bringing people together, in making sure that it is one Toronto that can make sure people who feel marginalized have some opportunity to move forward."
Meanwhile he said he'd welcome Americans who might want to move to Toronto, whether as a result of the election result or not. But he said he remains doubtful that Trump's win will mean an actual surge in immigration to Canada.
"We welcome people from all over the world, of every description, every faith, every colour of skin, every nationality, and that's what we'll continue to do in Toronto. I trust, that as president of the United States he'll realize that's really what the United States has a history of doing as well."
Several others city council members took to Twitter to express their feelings at the result:
We must be more resolved than ever to protect democracy, promote human rights and foster a peaceful world in which everyone is included.—@JoshMatlow
'Human rights' are more than words. They represent values. <br>Let's work hard to uphold them. America you will be great again.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Elections2020?src=hash">#Elections2020</a>—@kristynwongtam
I was hoping to tweet this at Trump, but I'm going have to tweet it at all Americans. And this isn't a joke, it's actually sad. <a href="https://t.co/01Tb6BiwS4">pic.twitter.com/01Tb6BiwS4</a>—@norm
For his part, Tory said he went to sleep around 12:30 a.m. thinking the "writing was pretty much on the wall." The results he awoke to this morning weren't a big surprise, he said.
"What they do on their end, we have no control over. We'll just have to see how that's going to go."