Prominent Canadians on the inaugurations of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

OTTAWA — "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

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"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

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"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

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Ontario and the U.S. both benefit from our strong economic partnership.

Congratulations to President Joe Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris. I am looking forward to building on our strong relationship and working together to grow our economies and create good-quality jobs.

— Ontario Premier Doug Ford

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Congratulations to President Joe Biden on his inauguration! We will continue working to strengthen our relationship to make Quebec the green battery of Northeast America.

I also want to congratulate the new vice-president of the United States Kamala Harris. You are the pride of Montreal, the city of your youth. You will always be welcome in Quebec.

— Quebec Premier François Legault

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"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

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

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