Hillary Clinton supporters across Canada are planning to wear their pantsuits with pride on US Election Day on November 8.
The mostly female group has been united in a Facebook group called Canadian Pantsuit Day for Hillary Nov 8th Nationwide.
Group member Marie Cardona, an environmental engineer living in Burnaby, BC, told Daily Hive she believes the pantsuit is the perfect symbol of support for Clinton.
“I think they represent the woman she is,” said Cardona. “Modern, independent, sharp, and in control.”
Cardona says her favourite Clinton pantsuit is the white one the Democratic presidential candidate wore on the night she accepted the nomination.
“She wore a crisp, solid white pantsuit on the night she accepted the nomination… as well as during the third and final debate against Donald Trump,” said Cardona. “She nailed every debate…. They are seared in my mind.”
‘Canadians have been ahead of the game’
Cardona, who is originally from California, has lived in Canada for four years on a work visa. She says she was surprised by how in tune Canadians are with US politics.
“I joined the Canadian group not just to show solidarity with our Canadian supporters, but as a show of unity with like-minded progressives,” she said.
“The energy in these groups is incredible and membership is increasing dramatically on a daily basis.”
Cardona says her conversations with Canadian friends about US politics have even helped her and others take action on issues back at home.
“Our governments function a bit differently, and the US and Canada deal with their own unique issues,” she said. “But there are a lot of similarities as well and in my opinion, Canadians have been ahead of the game on some key issues.
“The feedback Canadians have provided has been helpful for us Americans trying to move things forward back home.”
Cardona says she has taken part in massive marches in Washington DC as well as small demonstrations on the West Coast.
“If there is anything I’ve learned, it’s that there is nothing more patriotic than exercising your right to be heard.
“When people are organized and united, locally or globally, there is nothing that can’t be accomplished. It’s not cliché, it is absolutely true.”