Canadians for Obama stump in Portland

May 17, 2008

Let’s say you’re politically active. Active enough to volunteer time campaigning for your favorite candidate. (I’ve done a little for Barack Obama but not nearly as much as I should.) But would you travel to Canada and work for candidates there, such as the leader of the Liberal Party, Stéphane Dion?

Most of us can’t name a single Canadian politician much less ponder helping any of them. But 10 people from the Vancouver area arrived in Portland last night to help Obama. My wife Suzame and I are hosting one of them for several nights, Tiffany Glover. Clearly as passionate about Obama as we are, Tiffany belongs to Canadians for Obama, a group that also campaigned for him in Washington and Texas.

As much as Obama’s opponents have denigrated his message of hope as rhetorical fluff, they can’t stop it from reaching beyond our borders and inspiring others to join the movement. Canadians for Obama has a slogan: “Yes we can repair this world!”

And judging from this video, that irrepressible Canadian cheer will go a long way toward getting the job done: