American expats fear violence during and after election

Published:  8 Nov at 6 PM
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As the polls open across the USA, American expats in Canada fear the day will end in violence no matter who wins.

The world is watching in trepidation for any indication that sanity will be the winner in the race for the White House, with US expats in Canada bracing themselves for a violent outcome. Misinformation, disinformation and downright lies are being discussed by US expats in Canadian cities as Americans line up outside polling stations across the divided nation.

One former Texas resident fears the worst, citing Trump’s bizarre policies as well as the prospective violent reaction from his supporters should he lose. Beau Sutton told local media he’d already read reports of gun-toting Trump supporters lurking outside polling stations and conducting their own exit surveys.

He’s bitterly ashamed his countrymen could even consider Trump as the next president, saying he’s the worst-qualified candidate in the history of American presidential races. He adds he’d not trust Trump to run a basic business, never mind running the world’s most powerful country.

Another US expat who’s lived in Saskatoon for close on 35 years after moving from Buffalo, New York, feels the entire campaign has been mind-boggling, disturbing and very, very scary. The thought of a Trump presidency, he says, is simply beyond belief and seems to be a reflection of ignorant, evil thinking. He adds he never saw this level of hatred when he was living in the USA.

University professor and Canada Research Chair in Public Policy Daniel Beland is to hold a lecture analysing the election result and its likely effect on Canada. He believes the effects of a Trump victory will take time to filter through, but much could result in negative effects on Canada. Trade, defence and national security might well be in the firing line, he believes.

Beland also notes the post-election composition of the Senate and Congress will also be important, especially concerning environmental issues. Renewable energy, for example, is likely to be more important to Democrats, whilst Trump’s refusal to believe in global warming might well result in a concentration on non-renewable sources including pipelines and fracking.
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