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Obama tweets support for Canadian PM Trudeau in reelection campaign

By Moira Warburton

 

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FILE PHOTO: Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and former U.S. President Barack Obama meet at Big Rig brewery in Kanata, Ontario, Canada May 31, 2019. Adam Scott/Prime Minister's Office/Handout via REUTERS

 

(Reuters) - Former U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday voiced his support for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who faces a tough battle for reelection next week.

 

"I was proud to work with Justin Trudeau as President," Obama said in a tweet. "He's a hard-working, effective leader who takes on big issues like climate change. The world needs his progressive leadership now, and I hope our neighbours to the north support him for another term."

 

The two progressive leaders formed a close friendship which continues to be a popular topic on social media several years after Obama left the White House. They were spotted having dinner together at an Ottawa restaurant earlier this year.

 

Trudeau was the first Canadian prime minister the United States honoured with a state dinner in almost two decades, when Obama invited him and his wife to Washington in March 2016 after the prime minister won power the previous October.

 

The Canadian leader faces a much tougher fight this time, and polls strongly suggest he will lose his majority in parliament after the Oct 21 election.

 

This is not the first time Obama has endorsed a foreign leader. He tweeted his support for Emmanuel Macron ahead of France's 2017 presidential election.

The American embassy in Ottawa declined to comment on the endorsement on the grounds that Obama is a private citizen.

 

The Liberals, the Conservatives and the New Democrats - the three main parties contesting the vote - did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

 

Elections Canada, the country's nonpartisan elections administrator, said Obama's tweet did not contravene regulations on foreign interference.

 

"It's free speech. The only issue would be if Mr. Obama started to spend money on Mr. Trudeau's campaign," spokesman Pierre Cadieux said by phone.

 

(Additional reporting by Kelsey Johnson in Ottawa; Editing by David Gregorio)

 

 

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19 minutes ago, Tug said:

I’d certainly prefer Obama’s recommendation over trumps 

My guess is that you will receive neither. 😁

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Poor old Joe is still waiting for the golden Obama shoulder-tap.

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58 minutes ago, TopDeadSenter said:

I find this story very hard to believe. We have all seen recently how terrible the democrats consider any interference into foreign countries elections. Obama could no way be such a rank hypocrite.

 Maybe he could tweet some support for sleepy Joe Biden, his ex vice president for all those years. That would be more appropriate.

Obama is an honest guy so it is unlikely he would lie and say something positive about Old Slow Joe. Unless it was along the lines of having done a good job protecting his white flank. 

 

I think I can speak for most progressive Canadians in saying we hope Trump gets goated into tweeting support for Scheer.

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6 minutes ago, grumbleweed said:

I wouldn't exactly call a former president of the USA a private citizen. Although I would say I credit Canadians with more intelligence than to act on his advice.

As for you suggesting I may be a Trump supporter. In one respect yes I am, but only for the reasons Putin put him there in the first place. To hasten the demise of US hegemony, Highlight the USA for what it is, and show the world they cannot be relied upon in any way shape or form.

Oh, and there's also Trump's entertainment value

Of course he is a private citizen.

You not wanting to call him that shows you endorse the US administration theories on facts.

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