Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to view the world and the future with such naive energy and confidence! Yes… TOMORROW…
The National Post ran an article this morning under this headline: How the U.S. presidential election will affect Canada (and it will). “Canadians don’t get a say in who’s elected to the White House Tuesday, but we’ve got skin in the game since the result will have wide-ranging impacts for us.”
They also ran this article that clearly explains that Canadians would vote overwhelmingly for Obama.
Then the National Post ran this graphic analysis called “The Toss-Ups” of how the various states may influence the outcome. “America votes Tuesday with President Barack Obama with the slimmest of leads. The RealClearPolitics average of polls has him in front by 0.3 points. But 11 “toss-up” states will be vital in securing victory. Only a madman would try to predict which way those states will go, so the National Post’s barely hinged Foreign Editor, Michael Higgins, did just that — charting a possible path for both men that could see them within a whisker of winning the 270-plus Electoral College votes needed.
Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Eliot Trudeau famously said to the American Press Club in 1969: “Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, if I can call it that, one is affected by every twitch and grunt.”
Feeling totally helpless, Canadians who follow world politics and economics will watch with agonizing suspense tomorrow… and hope that it is not a bright red republican elephant that we wake up sharing the quilt with!