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Barack Obama's Toronto Speech Expected To Draw Thousands

He'll be speaking at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

09/06/2017 11:05 EDT | Updated 09/06/2017 13:34 EDT
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Former U.S. President Barack Obama waves at the audience after delivering his speech during the 4th Congress of the Indonesian Diasporas in Jakarta, Indonesia on July 1, 2017.

OTTAWA — Former United States President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak in Toronto at the end of September.

Canada 2020, an Ottawa-based think tank that is hosting the event, says Obama will speak over lunch on Sept. 29 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

The organization says Obama will give a speech followed by a moderated discussion on a wide range of topics.

In June, Obama spoke in Montreal about the lack of leadership in his country and lamented the United States' decision to pull out of the Paris climate change accord.

Adam Scotti/Prime Minister's Office/Handout via Reuters
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during dinner with former U.S. president Barack Obama at Liverpool House restaurant during Obama's visit to address the Montreal Chamber of Commerce, in Montreal on June 6, 2017.

After the event, Obama ate dinner with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a west-end eatery.

Canada 2020 says it expects thousands to attend the event with tickets going on sale at 12 p.m. on Wednesday.

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