Former U.S. President Barack Obama is visiting Toronto on Friday for an event that is expected to attract thousands of fans and political observers.
Obama’s visit comes just hours after Hillary Clinton, his former secretary of state and the woman who tried to succeed him, landed in Toronto as part of her book tour.
Clinton shared her post-election feelings and assessments of the 2016 campaign on Thursday night with more than 5,000 people who bought tickets to hear her speak.
Earlier in the day Thursday, Obama was golfing with her husband, Bill Clinton, and another former president, George W. Bush, at a golf tournament in New Jersey. Bill Clinton is also making a visit to Toronto for a speech next week.
The Obama event is expected to attract an estimated 3,000 and the crowd will include Canadian politicians from all levels of government. Some members of Parliament are coming from Ottawa. MPPs from Queen’s Park will be there, including Premier Kathleen Wynne, and Toronto Mayor John Tory is also expected to attend.
The event is being hosted by an Ottawa-based think-tank called Canada2020. Tim Barber, its co-founder, told CBC the organization is excited to host the president and that this will be “one of the most important political events that’s happened in the city for a long time.”
Obama is expected to speak for about 30 minutes and then take questions posed by Bruce Heyman, who was a U.S. ambassador to Canada for Obama’s administration. Heyman stepped down after President DonaldTrump’s inauguration and is now an adviser to Canada2020.
‘Once in a lifetime opportunity’
“For many, this will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to see and hear President Obama live. Canada 2020 is thrilled to help spread his…