TORONTO – Less than a week after the election, former US President Barack Obama has taken to the fray to bolster the campaign of liberal leader Justin Trudeau, whom he describes as his “friend”.
On Thursday afternoon, the popular former politician shared a tweet in which he appeared to reveal who he thinks Canada’s next prime minister should be.
“Good luck to my friend @JustinTrudeau in the upcoming Canadian election. Justin has been an effective leader and strong voice for democratic values, and we are proud of the work we did together. Obama wrote.
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Obama was referring to the period when he and Trudeau led their respective countries at the same time from November 2015 to January 2017.
The close working relationship of the two politicians was well documented during this period, with some in the media dubbing it a “bromance”.
The pair have maintained a friendly relationship even after Obama left office, with the former president visiting Trudeau at the Ottawa brewery for a pint in June 2019.
Later that year, Obama tweeted his support for Trudeau during that federal election, describing him as “a hardworking, effective leader.”
On Friday, former US Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton echoed Obama’s words with my own tweet In support of Trudeau.
“I have seen my friend @JustinTrudeau show leadership in the fight for accessible child care, protected reproductive rights and ambitious climate action. I wish him and our progressive Canadian neighbors the very best in Monday’s election.”
In August, Trudeau said he had spoken with Clinton about her concern for Afghan women and girls following the Taliban takeover.
“[Clinton] Shares our concern for Afghan women and girls. He welcomed our efforts and urged Canada to continue our work. Governments, international organizations and civil society must continue to work together to help women and girls in Afghanistan.”
Hours later, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh received his support from the south of the border through Sen. Bernie Sanders.
“There is a party that has stood up for those working in the pandemic. A leader who has the courage to pay the rich their fair share so that everyone can get the medicine they need,” said the independent senator from Vermont, who Twice the Democratic Party had sought the nomination for US President, tweeted.
Trudeau’s main rival in the current election, Conservative leader Erin O’Toole, recently found her support from a former Canadian leader rather than a former American.
On Wednesday, former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney joined O’Toole at a campaign stop in Orford, Ky. where he described the Conservative candidate as “stable, strong and visionary”.
Mulroney, who was prime minister between 1984 and 1993, said he was not one to attack anyone and that he only wanted to “help select Erin O’Toole as Canada’s next prime minister.”
Liberals and Conservatives are neck and neck in the campaign, with no clear frontrunners in the final days before the election, according to the latest polling data from Nanos Research.