Gary Doer says Donald Trump should be taken seriously as candidate
Canada's ambassador to the U.S. says influence of money on politics hurting both countries
Canada's ambassador to the U.S. says this country needs to find a way to combat the influence of big money in American politics, which is getting in the way of the interests of both countries.
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Gary Doer says Canadian officials have to come up with new strategies to counter the power, scope and amounts of money spent in the U.S. on lobbying and presidential campaigns after years of giving the issue little attention.
Doer also says Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump should be taken seriously because his support hovers around 30 per cent and his message is resonating with the party's base.
Doer made the comments during a luncheon speech in Ottawa.
Doer, whose time in Washington is set to end next year, says the Liberals will have to choose the best person for the job knowing the Republicans control Congress and the Democrats control the White House.