Former Obama staffers abound at Liberal convention

Justin Trudeau watches the U.S.-Canada semi-final game at the Liberal convention in Montreal on...

Justin Trudeau watches the U.S.-Canada semi-final game at the Liberal convention in Montreal on February 21, 2014. (PIERRE-PAUL POULIN/QMI AGENCY)

Giuseppe Valiante, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 7:47 PM ET

MONTREAL — The Liberal Party convention this weekend in Montreal has a distinctly American flavour.

No less than four senior officials who worked with U.S. President Barack Obama before and after his 2012 re-election campaign were scheduled to speak at the convention.

Liberals said the party admired the effectiveness of the Democratic machine to mobilize supporters using technology and teams of local organizers.

Former economic adviser to Obama, Lawrence Summers, kicked off the convention with a short talk about world finance, before Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau took the stage Thursday night.

Ryan Adam, a senior organizer for Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, gave a “grassroots mobilization” workshop with delegates Friday morning.

Jennifer O’Malley Dillon, former deputy campaign manager for Obama in 2012, spoke on Friday and was scheduled to give another presentation on Saturday.


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