Boughen weighs in on American election

Justin Crann
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Palliser MP says race 'too close to call'

MP Ray Boughen remarked on the tightness of the presidential race Tuesday

MP Ray Boughen (Palliser) weighed in on the American election in an interview the Times-Herald Tuesday.

“If I had (the winner) figured out, I’d be a millionaire,” Boughen said. “It really is too close to call. I was looking at a poll this morning that had them at 49 to 48 per cent. It’s six of one, half-dozen of the other.”

Boughen emphasized the importance of the outcome for Canada and the Harper administration.

“The United States is our biggest trading partner and we do more wheeling and dealing with them than anyone else,” he said.

When asked which candidate he favoured, Boughen said, “I think both of the candidates have made quite an issue of jobs and economic growth ... (those values) are right in step with our platform ... I think both would be fine people to work with.”

Boughen also addressed the concerns some Canadians had with the lack of discussion about the United States’s relationship with this country.

“The closeness of the race forced the candidates to look closely at their own country,” he said. “The debate centred on a couple key issues — American banking systems, unemployment — I don’t think either one of them introduced issues with respect to Canada.”

In spite of his lack of certainty about how the election will unfold, Boughen said he does plan to keep tabs on it.

“I’m going to be just like everyone else and sit infront of my TV with my Coke and popcorn,” he said Tuesday afternoon, “and I’m going to be watching the race.”

Organizations: Times-Herald

Geographic location: Canada, United States

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  • SN
    November 09, 2012 - 13:03

    To speak to this man, he is very polite and friendly. He really is a hard man to dislike on any level.

  • B
    November 08, 2012 - 12:56

    Boy you guys are sure tough on poor old Ray. Look at what he's gotten for Moose Jaw. No Little Chicago, higher taxes, no federal infrastructure moneys. Need I go on?

  • amultimess
    November 07, 2012 - 16:50

    Do you really think Ray would have a clue on this topic? He has a hard time finding his way to the Regina airport to fly to never never land Ottawa. Get a reporter please!!!!

  • W Tell
    November 07, 2012 - 09:51

    If Mr Boughen " emphasized the importance of the outcome for Canada...", does that not show he has a preference of candidates? Who does he favour? No wonder we never hear him in the House of Commons; he has no opinions of his own and is in Ottawa for only two reasons...he is collecting a good wage and pension, and voters recognized the name! He is the one that felt the youth of Canada should become involved and yet he ran twice for election. Hypocritical!