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Prominent Canadians on the inaugurations of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

Last Updated Jan 20, 2021 at 12:31 pm MST

In this Jan. 15, 2021 file photo, President-elect Joe Biden speaks during an event at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

“Canada and the United States have worked side by side to tackle some of the greatest challenges we have faced in our history. We will continue this partnership as we fight the global COVID-19 pandemic and support a sustainable economic recovery that will build back better for everyone. We will also work together to advance climate action and clean economic growth, promote inclusion and diversity, and create good middle-class jobs and opportunities for our people while contributing to democracy, peace, and security at home and around the world.”

— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau


“Congratulations to President Biden and Vice-President Harris on your inauguration. Looking forward to working together to get Canadians and Americans back to work.”

— Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole

“Today is historic. As Kamala Harris is sworn in as the first woman and woman of colour to become vice-president of the United States of America, (an) entire generation of women will reimagine what is possible in ways they have never before.”

— NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh

“My mother was down in the U.S. during the March on Washington. At 84, she has now lived to see a part of MLK’s dream achieved.”

– Green Party Leader Annamie Paul

“Regardless of identity, ideology, or partisanship, a new era has begun today. Democracy has triumphed over tyranny, honesty over deceit, respect for women over misogyny, love over hate, diversity over racism, and unity over division.

  • Alberta NDP Leader Rachel Notley



“And that’s a wrap on the series finale of Trump. I started his presidency by chugging a beer live on-air with Peter Mansbridge. There’s been a lot of orange makeup since. I’ve never been so relieved to lose a gig.”

— Comedian Mark Critch

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 20, 2021.

The Canadian Press