On the occasion of the heated elections in Canada
former US President Barack Obama
and former US Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman
called on Canadians to support Trudeau’s re-election on Wednesday
Obama said that the world needs Trudeau’s progressive leadership
Obama issued a statement on Twitter on Wednesday
to express his support for Trudeau
As the former president of the United States
this move is very rare
Obama is arguing
I am proud to have the cooperation with Trudeau during the presidency
He is a hard-working
efficient leader who is committed
to addressing major issues such as climate change
Now the world needs his Leadership
I hope that our northern neighbors will once again support his re-election.”
The good relationship between the two leaders is not a secret
When Trudeau visited the White House in 2016
Obama said that
they “have a common view of the world.”
Later that year
the US president once again praised Trudeau’s values
saying that Canada and the world would benefit from his leadership.
Trudeau expressed his gratitude for Obama’s support
The Liberal Party also forwarded Obama’s tweet as soon as possible.
However, US President Trump’s re-election campaign
was spurred by media deputy director Matt Wolking
referring to Obama’s “interference in foreign elections”.
The Elections Canada responded
and its spokesperson said in a written statement
“Canadians or non-Canadians are free to express
their views on any topic during the election.
Foreign citizens who support a candidate do not constitute Foreign influence.”