It's U.S. President Joe Biden's first day in office. Naturally, Quebec politicians had some thoughts on the inauguration of the new administration — and they took to social media to express them.
This day is especially meaningful for the province because Vice President Kamala Harris was a former Montrealer, who spent her formative years in the city, before becoming the first female vice president of the United States.
Premier François Legault congratulated President Biden, stating, "We will continue working to strengthen our relationship to make Québec the green battery of Northeast America."
Congratulations to President @JoeBiden on his inauguration! We will continue working to strengthen our relationship… https://t.co/ZbO1bNS1Ea— François Legault (@François Legault) 1611167532.0
He also called Vice President Harris "the pride of Montreal," saying she'd always be welcome in Quebec.
I also want to congratulate the new Vice President of the United States @KamalaHarris. You are the pride of Montrea… https://t.co/kliDtm0rvO— François Legault (@François Legault) 1611167592.0
Finally, Legault re-tweeted a video featuring Lady Gaga's inauguration performance (maybe he's one of her Little Monsters?) and captioned it "Journée d'espoir!" or "A day of hope!"
Journée d'espoir! https://t.co/mucrrqcJw1— François Legault (@François Legault) 1611184523.0
Une page d'histoire s'est tournée ce midi aux États-Unis avec l'assermentation du président @JoeBiden et de la prem… https://t.co/kQNpHalJ47— Valérie Plante (@Valérie Plante) 1611163232.0
Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante, who faced backlash after wishing Biden and Harris good luck before the election, posted photos of first lady Jill Biden and Vice President Harris, saying "a page of history [has] turned."
She commented again the next day about how heartening it was to see three past presidents "of different political stripes wish the new president good luck," adding, "Finally decency and gentleness!"
Je ne sais pas pour vous mais moi je trouve ça incroyablement fort et touchant de voir trois présidents de différen… https://t.co/dSFWzkes4W— Valérie Plante (@Valérie Plante) 1611242838.0
Le monde change sous nos yeux... Que de chemin parcouru et de batailles menées en cette journée historique alors q… https://t.co/aW5yWkpqoE— Dominique Anglade (@Dominique Anglade) 1611162247.0