«Canada’s Messiah ? Looking at Obama from the “Country Up There”»


Par Frédérick Gagnon
Chaire Raoul-Dandurand

For Canadians, the 2008 U.S. presidential race meant envy and yearning. “Why can’t we have our own Barack Obama?” was the mood that seized Canadians from all provinces.3 Roughly at the same time, a federal election took place in Canada. And, none of the Canadian party leaders—Stephen Harper of the Conservative Party, Stéphane Dion of the Liberal Party, Jack Layton of the New Democratic Party, Gilles Duceppe of the Bloc Québécois, and Elizabeth May of the Green Party—were able to inspire voters.

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