Barack Obama Endorses Justin Trudeau As Polls Show Tight Race For Canadian Prime Minister

Barack Obama endorsed Justin Trudeau on Thursday as polls show the Canadian prime minister running neck-in-neck in an election that he was widely expected to walk away with. 

'Wishing my friend @JustinTrudeau the best in Canada's upcoming election. Justin has been an effective leader and strong voice for democratic values, and I'm proud of the work we did together,' Obama tweeted. 

Trudeau, in August, called for the 'snap election' for Sept. 20, putting his leadership before voters two years before a federal election would be required by law.

Many saw him betting that his handling of Canada's COVID crisis would give him a leg up in winning another term. But he has come under fire for calling the election as cases rise due to the Delta variant.

Barack Obama endorsed Justin Trudeau as polls show the Canadian prime minister running neck-in-neck in Sept. 20th election Justin Trudeau called for a Sept. 20th 'snap election'

Barack Obama endorsed Justin Trudeau as polls show the Canadian prime minister running neck-in-neck in Sept. 20th election

And polls show Trudeau's Liberals in a dead heat with Erin O'Toole's Conservatives as the election enters its crucial final week.

Obama also endorsed Trudeau in his last contest, making it the second election in a row he has backed the prime minister. 

The Conservatives and Liberals are locked in a dead heat at 31.2% to 30.5% of the vote less than a week from election day, according to the latest Nanos poll. The left leaning New Democrats have 21.4%. 

Insiders blame what they call an initially low-energy campaign and the inevitable political baggage that Trudeau, 49, has accumulated since he took office six years ago promising 'sunny ways.'

'I wish he hadn't called it,' a Liberal insider said of Trudeau's decision to seek an election two years before the end of his term. 

Trudeau says he needs a new mandate to ensure Canadians approve of his plan for getting the country past the coronavirus pandemic. The Liberals, whose fiscal policy supports for the pandemic exceed 23% of GDP, plan billions in new spending to support economic recovery if re-elected. 

Trudeau only has a minority of seats in the House of Commons, which means he has to rely on other parties to govern. 

Meanwhile, Canadians have voted in advance in record numbers with some looking to beat crowds amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to data released this week, though an expected avalanche of mail-in ballots has failed to materialize.

Nearly 5.8 million Canadians voted early this election, up 18.5% from the 2019 vote, preliminary data from Elections Canada shows. Separately, a record 1.2 million mail-in ballots have also been issued, though that is far fewer than the 2.3 million to 4.3 million range Elections Canada had predicted.

Canada's Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau walks with his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau after an election campaign stop in Montreal

Canada's Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau walks with his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau after an election campaign stop in Montreal

Trudeau faces Canada's Conservative Party leader Erin O'Toole in the Sept. 20th election

Trudeau faces Canada's Conservative Party leader Erin O'Toole in the Sept. 20th election

More than 77% of eligible Canadians are fully vaccinated, but a Delta-driven fourth wave has cases surging across the country.

While mail-in voting is proving less popular than anticipated, it could still slow counts in a handful of tight ridings, potentially delaying the overall outcome for days. Most mail ballots will be counted only after they are checked against in-person votes.

'This will be an unusual election because we will break the record for mail-in ballots federally. That plus the pandemic makes it difficult to get a sense of the likely voter turnout,' said Nik Nanos, the head of Nanos Research.

Trudeau was attacked by his rivals on Wednesday, after data showed inflation was at an 18-year high amid upward pressure on prices for everything from gasoline to housing to furniture. 

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