Barack Obama supports Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the Canadian election
Past ROB GILLIES Associated Press
17 September 2021, 01:53
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TORONTO – Barack Obama approves Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday in the Canadian choice, calls him an effective leader in the rare approval of a Canadian candidate by a former US president.
This is the second time Obama has done so. Obama also called on Canadians to re-elect the Liberal leader in Canada’s most recent election in 2019.
Obama tweeted on Thursday that he was proud to work with Trudeau and described him as an effective leader who has strong democratic values.
Trudeau is in a tough re-election battle with its conservative rival ahead of Monday’s parliamentary elections. Obama’s approval helped Trudeau with progressives in 2019.
Obama also approved Emmanuel Macron as president of Francethe 2017 election, and he warned British voters against leaving the EU.
Trudeau formed a close relationship with Obama when he was president.
“Thank you for your support, @BarackObama,” Trudeau tweeted. “Progress is underway – and we will continue to fight for it.”
The former president has long been popular with many Canadians.
“This is welcomed by Trudeau and Co. but not a surprise,” said Nelson Wiseman, a professor of political science at the University of Toronto. “Will Obama’s approval make a difference? Not many voters are still uncertain so the material effect of Obama’s approval is minimal in my opinion. I think it is more symbolic of Liberal affinity with Democrats that has been the case since JFK in the 1960s. ”
Daniel Béland, a professor of political science at McGill University, said it can only help Trudeau with progressive voters.
“Obama is still very popular in Canada and although it is unlikely to change the race, this is a positive thing for the Liberals,” Béland said.