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Since Election Day came and went, I’ve broken my normal routine. As an American living in Canada for the past eight years, I cannot face the Canadians I see everyday and answer their questions about the election. I have not made my daily trip to Starbucks, the bank or the corner market. I’ve scurried in and out of my child’s school. I just couldn’t bear any more questions about what the United States is going to do now that we have President-elect Trump.

The wishful thinking for most Canadians, and myself, was that Hillary Clinton would definitely be elected. Various polls showed more than 70 percent of Canadians would have voted for Clinton, while fewer than 20 percent would vote for Trump.

Now that Trump’s been elected, there are many bewildered and puzzled people north of the U.S.-Canadian border, myself included.

I’m already tired of virtually every email or text I’ve gotten over the last couple of days, which often read “Sorry …” or “Now what?” That’s been the number one question asked by Canada’s surprised and very disappointed majority since the election.

On Nov. 9, my Canadian friends knew I was not my usual gregarious self when I wore all black with a baseball hat and my head down. Obviously I was in a somber mood, so the famously polite Canadians just nodded their condolences and said “Hey Steve” in a low-key manner. When I didn’t make conversation, they let me move along unbothered, which I appreciated.

Thankfully, at the time, Canadians respected my need to process the vote. Here in Toronto, the news continuously covers the surprise election results and the post-election protests. But I sensed my Canadian friends want to hear from an American firsthand.

Nov. 11 was Canada’s Remembrance Day to honor fallen soldiers, just as Americans celebrate Veterans Day. I decided to be more open that day with those who wanted to know my thoughts and feelings about what’s happening in the U.S. I told my Canadian peers I’m probably just as dismayed and disappointed as they are. After a tedious explanation of what the Electoral College is all about, I told them Americans have spoken, but unfortunately said something most Canadians did not want to hear.

Americans and Canadians are part of strong democratic societies. The transfer of power is part of being in a democracy — a democracy the soldiers we honor on Nov. 11 every year died for us to have. By honoring these election results, we further honor them and the sacrifices they made for our democratic way of life.

One of the most important parts of the democratic way of life is that we accept the results of any given election, whether we agree with them or not. When Canadians ask me, “Now what?” I’ll answer that I am a proud American. I will support the president, whether I’m happy about it or not. That’s the American way.

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