Barack Obama backs Canada’s Justin Trudeau for another term in office

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Barack Obama is urging Canadians to re-elect Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, an apparently unprecedented endorsement of a candidate in a Canadian election by a former American president.

Obama tweeted Wednesday that he was proud to work with Trudeau and described him as a hard-working, effective leader who takes on big issues like climate change.

“The world needs his progressive leadership now, and I hope our neighbors to the north support him for another term,” Obama wrote.

Trudeau later responded with his own tweet: “Thanks my friend, we’re working hard to keep our progress going.”

Trudeau is in a tough re-election fight ahead of Monday’s parliamentary elections.


Obama also endorsed Emmanuel Macron for president in France’s 2017 election, and he warned British voters against backing leaving the European Union.

Mr. Obama, who is popular with many Canadians, hasn't yet offered his support for any of the Democratic candidates in America's 2020 presidential election. The October 21 Canadian election is expected to be close. 

The former president's tweet has garnered criticism from some who claim the endorsement is "foreign interference" in the country's election. But, Elections Canada, which oversees the country's elections, said that people from other countries were permitted to give their opinion, reports the BBC.

Drew Fagan, a professor of public policy at the Munk School of Global Affairs, called the support "unusual." He said Mr. Obama's support "now could become an issue" and make an impact in the tight race.