In a move that has raised eyebrows, Canada, one of the United States’ longest-standing allies, is reportedly formulating a ‘game plan’ in response to a potential far-right shift in U.S. politics. The news, which has been widely reported by outlets including Yahoo News and the Toronto Sun, suggests a sense of unease in Ottawa about the current political trajectory south of its border.
Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly has been quoted in various reports stating that Canada is considering how it would respond if the United States takes a far-right, authoritarian shift. It’s an interesting development, especially given the traditionally close and cooperative relationship between the two nations.
“We are certainly working on scenarios,” said Jolly in a French interview, according to CTV. “In general, there is our game plan, precisely to be able to manage what could be a rather difficult situation.”
She added, “I will work with my colleagues and with the mayors, the provincial premiers, with the business community, with the unions, with everyone in the country, so that we are ready regardless of the election outcome.”
Some have questioned why a long-standing ally would feel the need to prepare for such a scenario, especially as Canada suffers civil strife under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Some have predicted that Trudeau, himself, could find himself on difficult political footing as he faces a potentially high profile divorce from his wife.
Historically, Canada and the United States have shared a close political and economic relationship, with both countries often aligning on major international issues. This recent development, however, suggests a potential divergence in the political ideologies of the two nations.
It’s worth noting that planning for various scenarios is a common practice in diplomacy and international relations. Yet, the fact that Canada feels the need to publicly discuss a “game plan” for such a specific scenario is unusual and noteworthy.
The development may underscore the international community’s perception of the 2024 election, specifically, that a real chance exists for former President Donald Trump to recapture the White House.