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Canadian Task Force Worried About Democracy's Collapse In U.S.

While the United States appears to hold true to the ideals of democracy, Freedom House, an international group that promotes global democracy, has warned that the country is backsliding, and Canada is extremely worried that democracy will perish in America.

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"Its democratic institutions have suffered erosion, as reflected in partisan pressure on the electoral process, bias, and dysfunction in the criminal justice system, harmful policies on immigration and asylum seekers, and growing disparities in wealth, economic opportunity, and political influence," the site said.

The watchdog group said that the US slipped 11 points in the past ten years. The US is now ranked below Argentina and Mongolia, Sarah K. Burris reported for RawStory.

According to the Canadian Broadcast Corp. (CBC), the government to the north is fearful of what that might mean for them.

Former national security advisers and directors at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) warned Canada that the US could become a "source of threat and instability" in the coming years.

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Writing for CBC, Catharine Tunney cited those experts pondering a reconsideration of the alliance with the US. Citing things like Fox News' Tucker Carlson, Donald Trump's attempt to overthrow the government, and the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol, they have a growing list of anti-democratic warnings. Their data gathering comes from top-secret information and a briefed Cabinet on emerging threats.

It warns that Canada has been complacent and warned it's time to tackle things like Russia and Chinese espionage.

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"The US is and will remain our closest ally, but it could also become a source of threat and instability," the report says. "The 'democratic backsliding' in the US, a rise in cyberattacks and climate change," are cited as examples in the report.

"We believe that the threats are quite serious at the moment, that they do impact Canada," said former Canadian national security adviser Vincent Rigby, a co-author of the report. "We don't want it to take a crisis for [the] government of Canada to wake up."

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The main point for Canada to pivot has to do with the US. While Canada has its own extremist groups, according to intelligence reports, they are coordinating with the US.

"There are growing transnational ties between right-wing extremists here and in the US, the movement of funds, the movement of people, the movement of ideas, the encouragement, the support by media," Rigby said.

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