Joe Biden's new running mate Kamala Harris has a strong connection to Canada
Joe Biden has picked California Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate, and while Harris could shape the future of the U.S., her history actually stretches north of the border to Canada.
Harris spent her teenage years in Montreal, where her mother, Dr. Shyamala Gopalan, worked as a breast-cancer researcher at the Jewish General Hospital and taught at McGill University.
I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 11, 2020
The California-born senator doesn't talk much about her time in Canada — in fact, it spans only a few pages in her recent biography — but she recalls having to learn French.
According to Harris, the only French words she knew when she first arrived at her Francophone school, Notre-Dame-des-Neiges, came from her ballet class.
"I used to joke that I felt like a duck, because all day long at our new school I'd be saying, 'Quoi? Quoi? Quoi?'," Harris wrote.
.@JoeBiden can unify the American people because he's spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he'll build an America that lives up to our ideals.— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) August 11, 2020
I'm honored to join him as our party's nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief.
She later enrolled at Westmount, one of the oldest English-language schools in Montreal, which boasts famed singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen among its alumni.
At Westmount, Harris joined the pep club and a five-person dance troupe, performing for local community centres. She also dreamed of becoming a lawyer, per Mercury News.
BRAVA Kamala! @JoeBiden chooses California Senator @KamalaHarris as running mate. Bigs cheers from Montreal where Harris graduated from @WestmountHigh Class of 81 (pictured: her yearbook entry) #BidenHarris2020 pic.twitter.com/wf2A0kGU5G— Richard Burnett (@bugsburnett) August 11, 2020
Given that Trump made a point of slamming Sen. Ted Cruz during the 2016 election over being born in Canada, we can probably safely assume that Harris won't be talking much about her Montreal roots during the campaign.
Still, Canada is proud to have a former Montreal resident in the running for Vice President.
Even Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante extended her congratulations to Harris on Tuesday.
"Joe Biden's running mate for the presidential election will be Kamala Harris, who lived in MTL for 10 years," Plante wrote on Twitter. "This is the first nomination to this post for an African-American woman. Congratulations!"
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