On November 4, voters in the United States made history by electing Barack Obama to become their 44th President. Obama's victory was nothing short of sweeping, and there is no denying the deeply-felt enthusiasm that propelled the junior senator from Illinois to the Oval Office. While only citizens of the United States of America were able to cast their ballots in this election, the promise of an Obama presidency is being felt well beyond America's borders. Having gone through their own federal election only three weeks prior, Canadians followed every development and turn in this election.

There is no question that Obama's victory will have a significant impact on Canadian public policy. Will President Obama's focus on Afghanistan change the nature and duration of Canada's military deployment in the region? Will NAFTA be revisited? How do Canadian oilsands fit into the president-elect's plan to make America energy independent within the decade? And what about climate change -- not 24 hours after the election, senior ministers of the Government of Canada were expressing great hope in the negotiation of a continental cap-and-trade system and emissions reductions plan. Finally, and perhaps most significantly, with the Canadian and US economies so deeply integrated, how will both governments work together to navigate these choppy economic waters? These are but some of the Canadian policy priorities that will be affected by the decisions made by the new US Administration -- and will be top of mind as our two leaders forge the working relationship needed to see our two countries succeed in these uncertain times.

Set out below are links to post-election articles and editorial comments in leading Canadian newspapers that should be of interest to those in the United States concerned as to how the election results are being viewed north of the 49th parallel.

Canadian Media Comments on U.S. Election

Canada has common ground with Obama

National Post

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Privileged position with U.S. remains safe

National Post

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Building the Stephen Harper -Barack Obama bond

National Post

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

How to avoid being a loose Cannon: New Foreign Affairs Minister cautious on Obama

National Post

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Ottawa swoops in with climate-change offer

Globe and Mail

November 6, 2008

Barack Obama and the world

Calgary Herald

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Canada-U.S. relations could feel a new breeze with Obama presidency

Ottawa Citizen

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Canada says must manage energy problems with U.S.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Ottawa Citizen

Obama victory 'inspiring': Prime Minister Harper

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Montreal Gazette