‘We can’t be naïve’: Canadian officials prepare ‘game plan’ in fear of US moving ‘far-right’

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly allegedly asserted in an interview that her country has a “game plan” in case the US takes a far-right authoritarian lurch in the next presidential election.

The young leftist acolyte to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was first elected to represent the Ahuntsic-Cartierville region of Canada in the House of Commons in 2015. Since then, she has inexplicably risen in power to take the position of foreign affairs minister with virtually no experience on the global stage. However, the World Economic Forum did crown her a young global leader. Some contend she is being groomed to take Trudeau’s place one day according to Politico.

Dylan Robertson wrote in a piece at the National Post concerning controversial statements made by Joly, “Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly says Canada has been considering a ‘game plan’ for how it would respond if the United States takes a far-right, authoritarian shift after next year’s presidential elections. ‘We are certainly working on scenarios,’ Joly said in French during an interview with a Montreal radio station Wednesday.”

Joly also commented that Ottawa’s close political and economic ties to the US mean that “we must certainly prepare several scenarios.”

“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,” Joly allegedly added.

“Joly drew an analogy to her government’s experience working with the administration of former U.S. President Donald Trump, which sought to limit long-established trade in crucial sectors,” the National Post wrote.

During the interview, Joly reportedly asserted that “the other aspect of the question is more about knowing how we as a democracy are able to thwart the growth of the far-right in our country, because it’s happening in the United States, it’s happening in Europe.”

“So one can’t be naive here, Patrick; it’s happening right now with us, there is, we know that there is certainly a radicalization of the [Canadian] Conservative Party,” she accused.

Joly is a loyal foot-soldier to Trudeau. She has repeatedly slammed political opposition to his policies both in Canada and abroad. The foreign affairs minister also blamed American conservatives for sticking their noses in Canadian politics by supporting truckers in the Freedom Convoy when they protested against vaccine mandates.

“My biggest concern as the foreign minister at this point is the foreign interference that is happening in the convoy we’re seeing in Canada right now,” the Trudeau protege said in February 2022 according to Fox News. “The disinformation campaign, where it comes from. The financing of it, where it comes from.”

Joly’s statements are being slammed on X with some people criticizing her for making the public admission.

Canadian journalist Lorrie Goldstein wrote, “Imagine if the White House had said it was preparing for the defeat of the Trudeau government in the next election. This is amateur-hour stuff…”

Thomas Juneau, an assistant professor at the University of Ottawa’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, responded to that post by writing on X that “amateur hour would be for Canada not to plan for democratic backsliding in the US.”

“That said, it would be much better for Canada (and its equally anxious democratic allies) to be more discreet. There is nothing to gain from provoking a future Trump administration,” Juneau contended.

“What you don’t do, if you’re the Trudeau government, is have the foreign affairs minister publicly suggesting, in effect, that it thinks Biden and the Democrats are going to lose a presidential election that’s 15 months away,” Goldstein wrote later.

The bashing of Joly came not just from Americans but from Canadians as well:

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