According to the front cover of The Toronto Star this morning, Barack Obama has chosen Canada as his first international trip as President:
The Prime Minister’s Office confirms the president-elect has accepted Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s invitation to visit Canada soon after he is inaugurated.
Transition aides say today Obama picked the United States’ northern neighbour as his first venture outside the country as president but they could not discuss the date for the trip or its agenda.
This isn’t a big surprise, really. Most presidents visit Canada first, despite the period directly after inauguration giving Ottawa its distinction as the third coldest capital city in world. (Please note: George W. chose Mexico).