CBC News, citing at least 4 international sources, reports that deputy prime minister and finance minister of Canada Chrystia Freeland is one of the main candidates for the responsible post. Specifically, the name Freeland is mentioned in Ottawa, Washington, and Brussels.
"There are some very qualified women who would be excellent candidates... There seems to be some momentum for a woman to become the next (secretary general)," an anonymous NATO official.
The powers of Jens Stoltenberg expire this month, but against the backdrop of Russia's war against Ukraine, the change of head of NATO was postponed until 2023. In turn, Freeland evaded a direct answer about her appointment, saying that "she already has 2 jobs."
Christia Freeland has Ukrainian roots and blood — her mother is Ukrainian, and the very name of "Christia" is Ukrainian. Freeland is deeply aware of the politics and history of Eastern Europe and is also fluent in Ukrainian, English, French, Polish, Spanish, Italian, and Russian languages. When Europe is in dire straits, and NATO is trying to balance reality, Christia Freeland is likely the Alliance's favourite to be the new secretary.