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Why are people here so excited by Kamala Harris’s visit to Canada?

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First, she danced.

And at the end of the girlhood hit from four decades ago, you could see Harris, the junior U.S. senator from California and 2020 Democratic presidential prospect, wish she was home.

“Where are you?” she called out into the night, a little inebriated, one of the cast from “Disco Inferno” who she liked but who did not quite fit her.

“Que bueno!” the young actress told Harris, whose face was beaming under the disco lights.

Harris is a star on the American political scene and her visits to Canada this week are an indication of just how many people want to see her take on President Trump, no small feat considering the Trump phenomenon of late is still fresh in people’s minds.

But the degree to which she still faces competition, even at a cultural level, will be partly determined by the reception of her visit to Vancouver Friday night.

Harris’s roots in the Canadian capital date back decades to her days as an attorney general in California. She has a confirmed brother, John Watson Harris, and a long-standing family relationship with Genie Harris, one of her cousins, who is a Vancouver city councillor.

Four generations. It’s a long family tree, one that many political observers and reporters have watched from their Indian Ocean countries. And she seems to relish being “back home.”

“There’s not a whole lot that I don’t like about Canada,” she told reporters at one event Thursday.

The governor of British Columbia, John Horgan, told reporters that “the best thing about her is that she has some thick skin.”

“When people don’t do what she wants them to do she takes it as a personal affront,” he said.

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