At the crowded restaurant of Fox & Fiddle, filled with over 60 people the night of the U.S. election, many eyes were directed towards the television screens in anticipation of who would become the next President of the United States. The Toronto pub could barely contain the number of people that were trying to watch the election coverage at the restaurant. The lineup outside started at around 8 p.m. Everyone seemed to know the importance of Tuesday’s U.S. election, and wanted to be there to watch.
“There is a big battle of visions for the future of America but also for the world, and issues having to do with race and the economy, and with the world in a difficult place right now, I want to see how it’s going to turn out,” Joel said.
The Fox & Fiddle on Danforth held a viewing party along with the Toronto-Danforth NDP Riding Association on Tuesday, so that interested people from the community could gather together to watch and support the political party they wanted to win the U.S. election. The pub owners and managers made sure that they were prepared.
“We are staffed for about 60 to 80 people,” said Raymond Gottfried, supervisor of Fox & Fiddle.
One of the people at Fox & Fiddle was MPP Peter Tabuns of the Toronto Danforth NDP Riding Association along with the rest of his colleagues.
“We don’t normally get together to watch American elections but this is an unusual one, and many of our members and activists over the last few months have said we should get together socially, watch what is going on there, and see what we can learn from it,” Tabuns said.
This is not the first gathering that the Toronto-Danforth NDP Riding Association has held at the Fox & Fiddle. This seems to be one of the more favourable spots for them to get together for political events.
“We’ve been a hotspot for NDP parties for about 15 years now, going back to the Jack Layton days,” Gottfried said.
The 2016 U.S. election could possibly be one of the most, if not the most important and controversial elections in history. One that not only people living in the U.S. watched, but an election that countries around the world have payed close attention to as well.
“The Trump campaign is one that is very threatening to democracy, certainly threatening to our way of life, and as much I am not a Hillary supporter to tell you the truth as she is too connected to Wall Street in my opinion, Trump is far more dangerous and someone who needs to be defeated,” Tabuns said.