I'm contemplating how "as a Canadian" I can respond in accordance with my values (directing towards a world in which I can live).
Thing is... WE (as Canadians) are not the victims here. Yes, we are scared (and with good reason), but WE are not on the front lines and it is NOT our election. There are lives at stake here and they are not our lives. We are not the ones who are bleeding out in this particular thing, right now. WE (as Canadians) have the opportunity to put forward our best selves. WE (as Canadians) have the opportunity to act with compassion and empathy and courage. Perhaps WE (as Canadians) should choose that instead of reacting in fear that our Neighbour/Friend/Family/Mirror America might bleed on us or bully us. There are very scared people there. There are people who are hurting and who are going to hurt more. WE (as Canadians) are not the ones bleeding out. WE (as Canadians) are positioned to potentially do triage, care, and support.
I'd rather if WE (as Canadians) step forward with something other than "they got what they fucking voted for/deserved". I'd rather that victim kicking not be a Canadian value. I am thinking about what I must do (as a Canadian with my value set) and I don't have a clear answer on that. Maybe WE (as Canadians) should think about that and come up with a compassionate response rather than a fear-based reaction.
One thing that has been coming to mind for me personally is this article:How not to say the wrong thing
"Support IN, Dumping OUT"
I (as a white Canadian, even though I'm non-binary and bi) am NOT anywhere close to the inner ring of this particular trauma. Yes, it affects me... BUT IT IS NOT ME THAT IS THE INJURED PARTY. I should keep that in mind. Perhaps we Canadians should ALL keep that in mind.