“There is an important electoral process going on in the United States and I think we all want and need it in order for it to flourish properly and peacefully,” said Trudeau. “We definitely hope things calm down.”
The Prime Minister said Canada would look closely. “I think America’s democratic institutions are strong and hopefully things will return to normal shortly,” he said when asked if he was confident that President-elect Joe Biden would come to power peacefully. “But we will continue to do what we have to do to ensure that Canadians are well served in our relations with the United States, no matter how things turn out.”
The Capitol complex was locked down for hours when pro-Trump rioters passed Capitol police and entered a building that is normally protected by security layers.
Canadian Ambassador to the United States, Kirsten Hillman, said the embassy is following the situation closely and that all staff are safe. She tweeted an updated travel advisory to the US warning about “Demonstrations in Washington, D.C.” contains.
The scenes of security forces drawing guns in the Chamber of the House were also worried and condemned by the leaders of Britain and NATO.
Foreign Minister François-Philippe Champagne said Canada was “deeply shocked” by the events. “The peaceful transfer of power is fundamental to democracy – it must and will continue,” he said said on twitter. “We’re following developments closely and thinking of the American people.”
Conservative leader Erin O’Toole described the siege of the Capitol as “an amazing assault on freedom and democracy.”
“I am deeply saddened to see chaos gripping our greatest ally today,” he said said on twitter.
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh Trump directly accused for violence. Bloc Québécois Chef Yves-François Blanchet said in French that the welcoming majority of Americans will soon see that they are not being served by Trump and his ideology.