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What does Canada think of the 2016 presidential campaign?

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KHQ hit the road to Canada Monday. KHQ hit the road to Canada Monday.
GRAND FORKS, British Columbia -

This is likely one of the most talked about presidential races in recent memory.  To see how people north of the border view our presidential process, KHQ went international and drove to Canada. 

As we were crossing into Canada, the border patrol agent asked us what we were doing.  We told him we wanted to see what Canadians think of our current political situation.  He laughed at us and said you'll find plenty of opinions here.  

"I think it's extremely serious," says Brian Mayall who lives in Alberta.   

Mayall was visiting family in Grand Forks, British Columbia, which is the small Canadian town we visited on Monday. 

In the quaint town, we went in the Grand Forks Station Pub, an old train station converted into a restaurant, right at lunchtime.  It didn't take much for us to get people talking about our presidential races, and of course our most famous candidate, Donald Trump.   

"It's pretty terrifying knowing that he could have leadership authority in the power of the President of the United States," says Matt Tollis, a cook at the restaurant. 

"I must admit when I first heard about it, I thought it was a joke," says Mayall as he waited for his lunch to arrive.    

Rob Friemen who is a regular at the restaurant says many Canadians have been following the campaign with a sense of foreboding.  "When you have people that are all trying to support the party and they're in fist fights, honestly there's something really wrong," says Friemen.  He even called Trump's antics buffoonery.   

"I really thought that everyone would sort of come to their senses," says Friemen.   

"Someone who says they're going to build a big wall across Mexico, they're going to get rid of all the illegal immigrants, they're not going to let Muslims come in and yet, he's got all this support," Mayall says.  "I think it's a very sad commentary on the state of America at this moment in time."    

While Trump was a favorite target, the conversation wasn't solely about him.  Many of the Canadians we talked to were most in favor of Bernie Sanders.   

"The Hillary Clinton thing, I think she's riding on coattails," says Friemen.  "She just sort of says whatever she needs." 

Dan Powell who also lives in Grand Forks, but spent two years living in Dallas, says he thinks it will come down to Trump vs. Clinton.  "I think Hillary will be more status quo," says Powell.  "I think she'll probably win."  As for what he thought of the potential of Trump becoming president, he believes Americans will likely steer clear.  "I think it's too risky, but then everyone said he wouldn't make it this far either."   

Everyone I talked to on and off camera expressed the same basic sentiment. Their parting words to us were simply "Good Luck."

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