The world is watching as Americans head to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 8, after one of the most headline-grabbing elections that saw Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton up against Republican nominee Donald Trump.
The campaign has seen calls of “lock her up” over Clinton’s emails during her time as secretary of state to Trump’s wild ideas about a wall at the Mexican border.
Brandon Brooks calls this an almost “unbelievable” election.
Born and raised in Louisiana, Brooks now calls Saskatchewan home having married a prairie girl more than a decade ago.
A registered Democrat, Brooks voted for Clinton in advance polls but was rooting for Bernie Sanders, a candidate who took Clinton to the wire in the primaries.
Brooks hopes this election gives the American people time to reflect and decide what country they want to be in the future.
“More Canadians, and more people outside of the States, need to start pointing the finger at my country because my country for some reason thinks that we cannot do anything wrong,” Brooks explained.
“Living here you’re on the outside looking in, you see so many flaws with how we do things down there from healthcare to the militarization of our police department to race relations.”
Brooks is surprised how businessman and reality television star Trump has come so close to the White House.
“People think that Trump is a legit leader and we need to be told we are the laughing stock of the world right now, America needs a dose of reality,” Brooks said.
Brooks may be watching the U.S. election closely, but other Americans are trying to avoid all talk of it.
Caught up in ongoing contract negotiations, Saskatchewan Roughrider quarterback Darian Durant is staying away from the topic.
“I’m not going to get into that, the only thing I will say about it is I’m a candidate of neither and that is as far as I am going to take it,” Durant told reporters on Sunday.
Self-confessed political nerd Premier Brad Wall will keep his eye on the results.
Both outcomes could have implications for Saskatchewan and Canada because Wall doesn’t believe either candidate has shown they are in favour of free trade.
“Our federal government will have to reach out and try to make sure that our trading relationship, our preferred trading status with the U.S. is preserved whoever the president is,” Wall said.
Clinton has spoken out against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that would slash tariffs and foster growth between several pacific rim countries, while Trump has stated he would scrap the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).