With the Canadian election taking place on October 21, the campaign is coming down to the wire. Candidates have seen support come from many different organizations and people, but only one candidate has received an endorsement from a former American President. In an October 16 tweet, Barack Obama gave Justin Trudeau his full support in the election.
"I was proud to work with Justin Trudeau as President," Obama wrote in his tweet. "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."
Justin Trudeau was elected as Prime Minister in 2015, which was Obama's second to last year as President. Obama famously invited Trudeau to a State Dinner in 2016. It was the first time that a Canadian Prime Minister had been invited to one since 1997. At the event, Obama toasted "the friendship between Americans and Canadians," according to CTV News.
During Trudeau's visit for that event, he remarked that Obama was a man of "tremendous heart and tremendous intellect," according to CityNews.
In 2016, Obama addressed the House of Commons and again touched on the working relationship he had with Justin Trudeau while he was president.
I was proud to work with Justin Trudeau as President. He's a hard-working, effective leader who takes on big issues… https://t.co/nZdSmWcpgP— Barack Obama (@Barack Obama)1571248695.0
"I'm extraordinarily grateful for the close working relationship and friendship with your outstanding Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, and his extraordinary wife, Sophie," Obama said, according to CBC News.
Even though the tweet was called foreign election interference by a spokesperson for Donald Trump's reelection campaign, the tweet would only constitute foreign interference if a payment was involved (meaning someone paid for the tweet or Obama got paid directly for it).
Liberal Party spokesperson Zita Astravas told CTV that the party did not pay for the tweet.
The Canadian federal election will take place on October 21.