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Why Obama won’t visit here before the US Presidential Election

Bob Hepburn writes this morning in the Toronto Star asking Obama (figuratively) to come and visit Canada, arguing it would help him “hone his views” on Canada and policy towards us. Unfortunately, I don’t see that happenning. He doesn’t need to use Canada to practice his foreign diplomacy skills, as his tour to the Middle East shows he’s more then capable of handling that.   He also has little incentive to visit a country whose Conservative government tried to sabotage his presidential nomination run in Ohio with those “leaked” documents, in a clumsy attempt to either help defeat him in the Democratic primary or failing that, give the Republicans something to try and weaken him with.

That will change if he becomes President – but it will be interesting to see if Canada is the first foreign country he’ll pay a visit to if that were to occur. Traditionally this country has been a first stop for newly elected presidents. George W. Bush broke that trend when he was elected. Whether Obama follows suit may depend on whether the Conservative government is still in power or not. That’s not a reason to de-elect Harper – there are many better reasons to do so – but his government’s attempted hit on Obama won’t likely be forgotten.

3 comments to Why Obama won’t visit here before the US Presidential Election

  • ted

    What happened regarding the leak is irrelevent. Both Obama and Hillary were bashing NAFTA with fingers crossed behind their backs, thats how Liberals operate (memories of Chretien)
    If Obama wins, Canada will be its best friend, weather were led by Harper or Dion. Money talks, you guys are so naive.

  • “He doesn’t need to use Canada to practice his foreign diplomacy skills”

    Indeed, since Canada has been essentially subservient to the U.S. since 9/11, especially since 2006 – thanks to Harper and his Harpies.

    That, in addition to what you mentioned as well: Harper and his cronies sought to derail his nomination.

    So in the eyes of the Obama team, Canada is more or less “Bush country” …

    … at least for the time being.

  • slg

    I understand that Obama’s brother-in-law is Canadian.

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