Justin Trudeau is in the midst of a reelection battle, which will culminate with the Canadian election in a few days — on October 21. And Trudeau got a little International help when Barack Obama sent out his endorsement on Wednesday.
The former president wrote “I was proud to work with Justin Trudeau as President. 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 neighbors to the north support him for another term.”
I was proud to work with Justin Trudeau as President. 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 neighbors to the north support him for another term.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) October 16, 2019
Obama and Trudeau had a famously close relationship when the 44th president was in the Oval Office. In the summer of 2016 when Obama visited our northern neighbors, Trudeau joked to lawmakers in Canada “this House gets to see a ‘bromance up close” and after the election he told reporters “I’m going to miss having Barack around.”
Of course, the Canadian leader has had a rocky relationship with Donald Trump that has featured a string of trade battles as the president sometimes fires off an angry tweet at his counterpart in the north.
Trudeau can count himself lucky that he managed to snag an Obama endorsement — the former president has stayed almost entirely out of the spotlight since he left the Oval Office. Though Obama has met with a number of the Democrats running for president, he hasn’t endorsed any of them.
Trudeau leads Canada’s Liberal party and the Canadian Broadcasting Service’s aggregated polling shows the Prime Minister’s party neck-and-neck with the Conservative party. He’s coming off a string of scandals that were even covered widely in the United States. Most notably, the photo that emerged of the Canadian prime minster wearing blackface at a party.
The Canadian leader only enjoyed a few years working with Barack Obama before Trump came into the office. Trudeau was elected in 2015 and this will be his first re-election fight.