OTTAWA — A former U.S. ambassador to Canada is encouraging the more than 600,000 Americans who live in this country to ensure they can vote in this fall's midterm election.
Bruce Heyman says he and has wife are teaming up with former first lady Michelle Obama to remind American expats that voting is the most powerful way for them to continue to have a voice in Washington.
Obama launched a campaign called "When We All Vote" that is aimed at boosting voter participation ahead of the November midterm elections, which are gearing up to become a referendum on U.S. President Donald Trump's leadership.
Heyman says it is critical to ensure Americans are engaged in the voting process, pointing to sliding participation rates.
He also says Americans living in Canada should tell others to register to ensure they have a voice on core election issues including gun violence, the environment and U.S.-Canada relations — particularly with ongoing talks about renewing the North American Free Trade Agreement.
The Trump administration is hoping to land a renewed NAFTA by next month to give the ruling Republicans a political win before voting day.
On NAFTA, Heyman says the current relationship between Canada and the United States may take longer to heal than the ink on a renegotiated agreement.
The Canadian Press