Obama backs Trudeau in Canadian election

 Obama backs Trudeau in Canadian election
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Former President ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaGlasgow summit raises stakes for Biden deal Obama gives fiery speech for McAuliffe: 'Don't sit this one out' Obama looks to give new momentum to McAuliffe MORE weighed in on the upcoming election in Canada, throwing his support behind current Prime Minister Justin TrudeauJustin Pierre James TrudeauCanada's Trudeau apologizes for vacation on first Truth and Reconciliation Day Unvaccinated Canadian government workers to be placed on unpaid leave Canada marks first 'National Day of Truth and Reconciliation' MORE.

Obama called Trudeau, who faces a tough reelection, “an effective leader” and a “strong voice” for democracy on Thursday. Obama’s high-profile boost comes less than a week ahead of Canada's elections on Monday.

Obama’s endorsement is significant as Trudeau, the leader of the Canadian Liberal Party, is at risk of losing to Erin O’Toole, the leader of the Conservative Party.

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Trudeau called for a snap election in August as a way to ensure that Canadian voters approve of the Liberal Party’s way of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. He has been in office since 2015. 

Trudeau and Obama have historically had a close friendship, and Obama also endorsed him in his 2019 reelection bid less than a week before the election. 

President BidenJoe BidenGrant Woods, longtime friend of McCain and former Arizona AG, dies at 67 Sanders on Medicare expansion in spending package: 'Its not coming out' Glasgow summit raises stakes for Biden deal MORE has not come out publicly to support Trudeau in Monday’s election. The president called Trudeau in early August and “underscored” the close relationship between the United States and Canada.