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A Canadian Journalist’s Perspective on the 2016 U.S. Presidential Race

Veteran Vancouver Sun Columnist Vaughn Palmer shares his insight on what our neighbors to the north think.

October 14, 2016

What do Canadians think of our unpredictable, unusual and — at times — strange presidential race? “We’re watching with horror and fascination,” longtime Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer tells KCTS 9’s Enrique Cerna. Palmer says there is concern about how the election might impact Canada’s trade relationship with the U.S., but he thinks the bigger concern is Donald Trump’s impulsive behavior, saying it makes Canadians anxious. 

About Vaughn Palmer:

Vaughn Palmer has been the provincial affairs political columnist at the Vancouver Sun, based in Victoria, since 1984. He has covered nine B.C. premiers — and counting.

Palmer was born in Gaspe, P.Q. in 1952. He moved to B.C. in 1967 and finished high school in Nanaimo. He attended the University of B.C. and worked on the student newspaper, the Ubyssey. He began working for the Vancouver Sun in 1973 as reporter. He has also worked as an editorial writer and rock music critic, an experience he describes as only slightly crazier than covering the B.C. legislature. From 1980 to 1982, he was city editor for the Sun.

From 1982–83, Palmer attended Stanford University on a journalism fellowship.

He is a recipient of the Bruce Hutchison Award for Lifetime Achievement, given by the Jack Webster Foundation; of the Hyman Solomon Award for excellence in public policy journalism, given by the Public Policy Forum; and of the Jack Webster Award for reporting.


Enrique Cerna

The son of Mexican immigrants, Enrique Cerna was born and raised in the Yakima Valley.  Enrique joined KCTS 9 in January, 1995. He has anchored current affairs programs, moderated statewide political debates, produced and reported stories for national PBS programs in addition to local documentaries on social and juvenile justice, the environment and Latinos in Washington State.

Enrique has earned nine Northwest Emmy Awards and numerous other honors. In June, 2013, he was inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Northwest Chapter’s Silver Circle for his work as a television professional.

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