Sean Kilpatrickā€”The Canadian Press/AP
April 20, 2016

For years now I have been telling my friends that I thought Barack Obama was the first Canadian President. I meant it as a compliment. So it’s only fitting that as Obama’s time in office winds down, another Canadian leader steps onto the world stage.

Though I live in New York, Canadians are Canadians wherever they live. It’s the way we look at the world, which to us seems perfectly reasonable and right.

In many ways Canada is no longer the country I grew up in, but when I hear Justin Trudeau talk, it sounds like my Canada again. Bold, clear as a bell and progressive.

In politics as in show business, there are three things you need to be successful: talent, discipline and luck. Trudeau clearly has the first two. I wish him luck.

I believe he will be a force for good.

Michaels is the creator and executive producer of Saturday Night Live

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