Our relationship with the United States is historic. This country has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, and while I’m a proud Quebecois, I recognize that culturally I’m a bit American.
Fascinated by the history and political life of our neighbor, I have always been committed to fighting anti-Americanism. Nonetheless, for the first time I am concerned about the future of our relationship with the United States.
I was thinking of sharing my feelings when a friend drew my attention to a text by Paul Rosenzweig that was published on the Canadian Institute of Global Affairs website. Challenged by the deliberations of experts on questions of national security, the author fears a repetition of violent scenarios and the decline of democratic mores. Enough to make you wonder how Canada should react.
If breaking ties is unthinkable, it would be unwise not to worry about our partner’s health. First of all, it is true that these states often had “United” only in their name, but rarely have cultural diversity and regionalisms provoked so much resistance.
Whites will soon no longer be in the majority and many, particularly in rural areas, feel threatened or ignored.
The phenomenon of polarization is not new, but it is reaching its peak. Who still cares about dialogue in politics or in the media? Unfortunately, we content ourselves with reproducing the famous echo chambers.
I am also very concerned about the growing popularity of anti-democratic rhetoric and a certain authoritarian temptation. After Watergate, did you think that almost half the country would turn a blind eye to an attempt to overturn the results of an election?
The use of force is common on both the left and the right. We seem less hesitant to mention a possible civil war or secession of some states.
Internal divisions and the radicalization of the camps don’t worry you enough? Take a look at the development of the economy and the management of foreign policy.
Even in the first case, we have doubts about the competitiveness of the victors of the Cold War compared to China and emerging countries. The protectionist temptation still lingers.
In terms of foreign policy, there was already a strategic retreat under Obama. It would be enough for a Trump 2.0 to take over the presidency in 2024 for isolationism to regain its rights. This retreat would leave us all alone.
are we sure
Finally, like Rosenzweig, I fear the flooding of the American political climate on our side of the border. Already unscrupulous politicians are taking inspiration from it, and demonstrations funded in part by American interests are co-opting the ideas, strife and strong will of our neighbors.
I have never hidden my affection for this fascinating and complex country, but for the first time I fear the worst.