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Sixteen chapters march vs the Trump agenda, Trudeau congratulates the new president

The Centre-Wellington chapter in Washington, DC today.

Sixteen Council of Canadians chapters joined with tens of thousands of people across the country today to march against the Trump agenda.

The Victoria, Mid-Island, Kelowna, Comox Valley, Northwest Territories, Quinte, Guelph, Centre Wellington, Windsor, London, Ottawa, Hamilton, Montreal, Fredericton, Saint John and PEI chapters took part in rallies today.

Council of Canadians staff in Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa and Halifax also took part in the marches.

The Associated Press reports, “More than 600 ‘sister marches’ were planned around the world, and plenty of men were part of the tableau, too. Organizers estimated 3 million people would march worldwide.”

An estimated 60,000 people marched in Toronto, 15,000 in Vancouver, 8,000 in Ottawa, 800 in Nanaimo, 500 in Courtenay, and more than 400 in Fredericton.

Members of the London and Centre-Wellington chapters also travelled to Washington, DC for the march that may have drawn 500,000 people. The Telegraph reports that more people may have turned up for the protest today than for the inauguration ceremony yesterday highlighting, “The city’s subway reported 275,000 trips by 11am, compared to 193,000 on inauguration day.”

The website for the Women’s March on Washington states, “[The march] will send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.”

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says, “On behalf of the Government of Canada, I would like to extend my congratulations to Donald J. Trump on his inauguration as 45th President of the United States of America. We look forward to working with President Trump, the U.S. Administration, the 115th Congress, and officials at the state and local levels to restore prosperity to the middle class on both sides of the border, and to create a safer and more peaceful world.”

The Council of Canadians is committed to working with our American friends and allies (and all peoples impacted by neo-liberalism and racism) to oppose the Trump agenda and build the better, just and inclusive world we all know is possible.

Further reading
The Council of Canadians opposes the Trump agenda

PEI chapter activist Leo Broderick

London chapter

London chapter activist Roberta Cory en route to Washington, DC.

The Fredericton and Saint John chapters together in Fredericton.

The rally in Charlottetown.

Photo by Windsor chapter activist Randy Emerson.


Charlottetown. Photo by Mitch MacDonald/ TC Media.

London chapter activist David Heap.

Kelowna chapter activist Karen Abramsen.

Nanaimo. Photo by Manly Media.

The Quinte chapter rallies in Kingston.

The rally in Kingston.