Sep 16, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Obama endorses Trudeau ahead of close Canadian election

Barack Obama speaks about the location of the Stanley Cup as he welcomes Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during an arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, March 10, 2016.
Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Former President Obama threw his support behind Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday, saying he's "an effective leader and strong voice for democratic values" just days before the country's closely contested snap election.

Driving the news: Trudeau officially called for an early national election in August in the hopes of securing a parliamentary majority to help push through his progressive agenda.

  • Polls show Trudeau holds a slight lead over Conservative leader Erin O'Toole ahead of Monday's election.
  • Obama endorsed Trudeau in 2019 when he was re-elected with a minority government.

What he's saying: "Justin has been an effective leader and strong voice for democratic values, and I’m proud of the work we did together," Obama said in a tweet.

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