Former United States President, Barack Obama is urging Canadians to re-elect Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
On Wednesday, Obama tweeted that he was proud to work with Trudeau and described him as 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,” Obama wrote.
Trudeau later responded with his own tweet: “Thanks my friend, we’re working hard to keep our progress going.”
Trudeau is in a tough re-election fight ahead of Monday’s parliamentary elections.
Robert Bothwell, a professor of Canadian history and international relations at the University of Toronto, said that might have something to do with Obama’s intervention.
“Trudeau is in real danger,” Bothwell said. “If I were a Liberal (Party) campaigner I would quietly point with pride to Obama’s endorsement. I don’t know if I’d run around toting it as a major political issue.”
Nelson Wiseman, a political science professor at the University of Toronto, called Obama’s endorsement rare and said it possibly has not happened before but he doesn’t think it will move the polls.
“In fact, some people may feel this is an unwarranted foreign intrusion in Canada’s election,” Wiseman said.