THUNDER BAY – United States President Obama won re-election for a second term in what was not quite as close an election as most thought. Winning key battleground states pushed Obama past Republican challenger Mitt Romney. Obama gained 303 votes in the Electoral College to Romney gaining 206 votes.
The re-election for a second term had President Obama said, “I will spend the rest of my presidency honoring your support, and doing what I can to finish what we started. But I want you to take real pride, as I do, in how we got the chance in the first place. Today is the clearest proof yet that, against the odds, ordinary Americans can overcome powerful interests”.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper stated, “On behalf of the Government of Canada, I would like to congratulate President Barack Obama on his victory in tonight’s election and on being re-elected by the American people for a second term. Canada and the United States enjoy one of the closest and most extensive relationships in the world”.
“Over the last four years, the President and I have worked on several important bilateral initiatives to generate jobs and growth in both our countries. This includes the Beyond the Border Action Plan, which will speed up trade and travel across our borders while also enhancing security. We are also working together with other partners to conclude the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, which seeks to boost trade in the Asia-Pacific region,” continued the Prime Minister.
“I look forward to working with the Obama Administration over the next four years to continue finding ways to increase trade and investment flows between our countries. This includes putting in place the transportation and security infrastructure necessary to take bilateral commercial relations to new heights and reducing red tape so companies on both sides of the border can create more jobs.”