Why it matters: Canada is the United States’ largest trading partner, so who the president is that matters. The state border has been closed to most travelers since March 21, and limited personal travel is allowed in addition to commercial traffic. Politicians on both sides of the border have pushed for it to reopen, but Canadian leaders want it to stay closed until the US gets Covid-19 under control. While the Canadian government is under pressure to facilitate the opening of the border, public opinion stands firmly behind the restrictions as both countries argue over Covid-19.
Key context: During Wednesday night’s vice presidential debate, Mike Pence dodged when asked if President Donald Trump will accept the election results if he loses.
“When we have free and fair elections, we know we will have confidence in them, and I believe in my heart that President Trump will be re-elected for another four years,” he said.
What’s next: Governments and business leaders across Canada are anxious to see how the US electoral process plays out. They’re also trying to figure out how a Trump or Joe Biden victory could affect cross-border trade and the Canadian economy.