Okay, she calls it a "merger", but we all know how that works out. Just ask the Philippines. Or Panama. If we don't get enough respect from the Russian Federation over the Crimea thing, it's not hard to imagine Washington cooking up a distraction. We start by painting Rob Ford in darker and darker tones, internationally. Then we claim that "extremists" in Prince Edward Island are threatening our vital sources of shellfish. There are some Iroquois First Nations people blockading roads right now (really), and we can say they're being brutally oppressed by a ruthless majority (they are, more or less, but that's beside the point). We cozy up to the Quebec separatists, and then publish a CIA report that says this winter's weather was really manufactured in Ottawa. We seize one of their warships and tow it to Pearl Harbor. The forts at Michilimackinac, Mackinac Island, and Detroit are re-militarized. Littoral Combat Ships appear on the St. Lawrence. Armored vehicles are re-equipped to be poutine-resistant. Oh, it'll be just awful.
Anyway, it probably won't happen. Probably. But if I were Stephen Harper, I'd be looking for support from ... hmmm. Somebody. England, maybe? Nah, they're too busy trying to scare the Scots into voting against devolution. Oh, I know: France! Canada can buy the two Mistral-class ships the French won't be selling to Russia. That'll scare us off.