war plan red

Back in the day, the United States drew up plans to go to war with Canada. Long since declassified, the plans were dragged out for humourous effect by the Washington Post.

Out in Winnipeg — the Manitoba capital, whose rail yards were slated to be seized in the plan — Brad Salyn, the city’s director of communications, said he didn’t think Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz knew anything about War Plan Red: “You know he would have no clue about what you’re talking about, eh?”

“I’m sure Winnipeggers will stand up tall in defense of our country,” Mayor Katz said later. “We have many, many weapons.

“What kind of weapons?”

We have peashooters, slingshots and snowballs,” he said, laughing.

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