Significant changes are coming next month for Canadian passports, including the new ePassport and 10-year passport validity period. Administratively, passports will no longer be issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT). Instead, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will be responsible for passport issuance.
On 6 November 2012, US President Barack Obama secured another four years in the White House. The election also resulted in Democrat control of the Senate, as well as a Republican majority in the House of Representatives.