11/09/2016 08:00 EST | Updated 11/10/2016 10:15 EST

Justin Trudeau Congratulates Donald Trump On Election Victory

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has broken his relative silence on Donald Trump.

Trudeau issued a short statement Wednesday morning to congratulate Trump on winning the U.S. presidential election.

The PM said Canada has "no closer friend, ally, and partner than the United States."

"We look forward to working very closely with President-elect Trump, his administration, and with the United States Congress in the years ahead, including on issues such as trade, investment, and international peace and security."

He said the Canada-U.S. relationship "serves as a model for the world."

Trudeau has thus far avoided saying anything too splashy about the U.S. presidential election, including being careful about using Trump's name.

'Come together'

Later in the day, he addressed a crowd of young people at a WE Day rally at Ottawa's Canadian Tire Centre.

Trudeau said it is time for Canada to work with the U.S., and urged Americans to "come together."

"We share a purpose, our two countries, where we want to build places where the middle class and those working hard to join it have a chance," he said.

NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair said Wednesday morning he hopes the prime minister will stand up for Canadian values.

"I think when you see the type of racist, sexist comments that were made by Mr. Trump during the campaign those are things we don't want here in Canada," he said.

With files from the Canadian Press