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BC premier determined to work with president-elect Trump

Last Updated Nov 9, 2016 at 9:40 pm PDT

(Lasia Kretzel, NEWS1130 Photo)

RICHMOND (NEWS1130) – Premier Christy Clark says she is “determined to make it work” with president-elect Donald Trump when he assumes office, despite an election campaign period she calls “an ugly, terrible affair.”

“My job as the leader of British Columbia is to work with the winner to make sure we are getting the best deal for BC workers and BC Families that I can, and that means, on softwood for example, making sure that we get a deal that works for our province,” Clark says. “It won’t do workers in logging communities any good to have the premier of their province, fighting with and insulting the president of our partners’ country.”

Because Trump must also work with the US House of Representatives and the Senate, Clark is hopeful he will have to reflect the views of all of everyone who was elected.

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson says he thinks now is not the time to rush to judgements or conclusions about the future relationship between the city and the White House, but instead a time to let Americans heal from what he calls a “racist and sexist” campaign.

“It was hard to accept some of the language in the US election, but it was good to hear a different tone in Mr. Trump’s election acceptance speech and hopefully there’s a whole new day and the United States can health from a very divisive election,” he says.

One good thing to come out of the campaign, according to Clark, is women around the world were encouraged to fight for their dreams. As Trump’s rival Hillary Clinton conceded defeat, Clark says BC women and girls shouldn’t be afraid.

“I would say to young women, if you want to be successful in British Columbia, the examples abound. But I would also say to women, don’t get dispirited.”