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Internet searches for "move to Canada" and "immigrate to Canada" spiked Tuesday night and "Canada" was a leading US trend on Twitter, with more than 1 million tweets.

"One of the things people in Canada and indeed around the world understand is that there is tremendous economic disadvantage from not acting in the fight against climate change; for not pushing towards cleaner jobs and reducing emissions; towards not showing leadership at time where the world is looking for leadership", Trudeau said.

"It's important that the prime minister and the president have a constructive working relationship", Trudeau said.

The 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) binds 530 million consumers in Canada, the United States and Mexico.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers remarks at the WE Day celebration, an annual youth empowerment event, in Ottawa on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. GM similarly said it looked forward to working with Trump on "policies that support a strong and competitive US manufacturing base".

Trudeau has said the carbon price will help Canada make the greenhouse gas cuts it agreed under the 2015 Paris climate change accords.

During the "brief" phone call, Trump "expressed warmth towards Canada", Trudeau said.

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The bigger questions, said Vaughan, relate to energy policy and Trump's readiness to roll back executive orders made by Obama.

Trudeau declared "we're going to work with our neighbours, and I'm going to work with President-elect Trump's administration as we move forward in a positive way for, not just Canadians and Americans, but the whole world".

It is thought that it was the result of a huge number of Americans not pleased at the prospect of continuing to work and live in the U.S. under a Trump Presidency seeking information on moving overseas.

Brad Wall, premier of the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, noted Trump's support for Keystone XL.

"The message was very clear to us: We do not comment on other peoples' elections", one MP, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the call, said afterward.

For his part, Trudeau insisted Wednesday - as he did throughout the presidential campaign - that Canada's relationship with the US transcends the personalities of the two countries' leaders, even though it's evident his team would have been more comfortable with, and already had extensive contacts with, Trump's Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton. Of particular concern to Canada is Trump's vow to renegotiate NAFTA but MacNaughton said any agreement can be improved. "On the other hand, I hope he reconsiders his plan to end the North American Free Trade Agreement".

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