Justin Trudeau congratulates president-elect Donald Trump

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has congratulated Donald Trump on his election as the next U.S. president, and promised to work with him to bolster trade and international security.

“Canada has no closer friend, partner, and ally than the United States. We look forward to working very closely with president-elect Trump, his administration, and with the United States Congress in the years ahead, including on issues such as trade, investment, and international peace and security,” Trudeau said in a statement.

“The relationship between our two countries serves as a model for the world. Our shared values, deep cultural ties, and strong integrated economies will continue to provide the basis for advancing our strong and prosperous partnership.”

Conservative Party leadership candidate Kellie Leitch issued praise for the Trump win.

“Tonight, our American cousins threw out the elites and elected Donald Trump as the next president,” she said in a message to supporters. “It’s an exciting message and one that we need delivered in Canada as well.”

Leitch said she’s bringing the same message to her campaign to be Canada’s next prime minister, and said she’s the only candidate who is “standing up for Canadian values.”

‘Canadian values’

“It’s why I’m the only candidate who will ensure that every visitor, immigrant and refugee will be screened for Canadian values,” she said.

But former Conservative cabinet minister Jason Kenney, who served as longtime immigration minister under Stephen Harper, did not embrace the victory.

“I’ve been profoundly opposed to Donald Trump’s candidacy. But Americans have decided. Canada’s leaders must work with him to advance our interests,” he tweeted.

Canada’s immigration site crashes

In other news, the website for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) crashed due to a high volume of traffic.

Spokesman Remi Lariviere said the site became “temporarily inaccessible to users” as a result of a “significant increase in the volume of traffic.”

“Shared Services Canada worked through the night and continues to work to resolve the issue to ensure that the website is available for users as soon as possible,”  he said.

IRCC did not immediately confirm, however, that the high volume of traffic was from U.S. visitors.

Before the election, many Americans had threatened to move north to Canada if Trump were to win. 

One cheeky website, called “Cape Breton if Donald Trump Wins,” generated much discussion among Americans curious about moving to Nova Scotia’s rugged northern island.

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