On November 7th, 2020, Democrat Joe Biden defeated U.S. President Donald Trump to become the 46th President of the United States, winning the presidency after three days of uncertainty in a fierce competition for the White House. His running mate, Kamala Harris, became the highest-ranking woman in the history of the United States, making history as the first woman, first Black and first South Asian U.S. vice-president.
Annamie Paul, leader of the Green Party of Canada, congratulated President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris on behalf of the Green Party. The election of Biden and Harris, Paul claimed, will allow for “enhanced climate commitments across North America”. In particular, Paul supports and shares Biden’s commitment to impose Carbon Border Tariffs on carbon-intensive goods from jurisdictions that fail to meet their climate obligations. Biden’s presidency, according to Paul, also presents an opportunity to revive a commitment to the “rule of law” and the protection of human rights.
Paul announced that, in the next few days, the Green Party of Canada will disclose how it intends to work with the appointed Biden/Harris administration if elected as Canada’s first green government. Meanwhile, Paul contends that the election of Biden and Harris is an opportunity to begin a new chapter of the U.S.-Canada relationship, a chapter of “cooperation and collaboration.”