This week was the first time Tom Simons had travelled to the U.S. in eight months because of the pandemic, and he just happened to be in Texas on election day. Simons is the chief executive of CES Energy Solutions, which is based in Calgary but has most of its operations in the U.S. He said that while meeting with staff, he was struck by the way some colleagues said they had filled out their election ballots. People may see the oilpatch as staunchly Republican, he said, but some of his employees said they just couldn’t cast a ballot for the incumbent, U.S. President Donald Trump, who they felt was often embarrassing the nation. “They’ve had enough of Trump offending [their] love of country,” he said.