Obama Presidency Would be Mixed News for Canada: Report

    OTTAWA, Oct. 28 /CNW Telbec/ - An Obama win in the U.S. election on
November 4 should be welcomed by Canadians, but with caution, finds a new
report released by the Rideau Institute.
    "Our report, Canada After Bush: How the Next U.S. President Could Affect
Our Country may surprise many Canadians with its key conclusion that an Obama
administration would be mixed news for Canada," said Steven Staples, President
of the Rideau Institute.
    "If elected president, Mr. Obama has indicated that he would attempt to
amend NAFTA to ensure enforceable labour and environmental protections. This
is good news for Canada," said Staples.
    "On the Afghanistan file however, Mr. Obama has promised to significantly
increase the number of American troops in that country," said Staples. "On
Afghanistan, Canadians differ with Mr. Obama, as they feel the cost of the war
borne by Canada has been too high. Mr. Harper - who has promised that our 2011
withdrawal date is firm - may face pressure to extend our mission from
Mr. Obama, if he were elected President."
    Mr. Staples is currently on an eighteen-city tour discussing the report
with Canadians concerned about Canada-U.S. relations in a post-Bush era.
    The report may be found at www.rideauinstitute.ca

    The Rideau Institute is an independent research, advocacy, and consulting
group based in Ottawa. It is a federally registered non-profit organization,
established in January 2007.

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For further information: Steven Staples, (613) 565-9449 (O), (613)
290-2695 (C)

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