Canada has also shown itself willing to stand up to the likes of the United States, Russia, and China, while also relentlessly seeking to strengthen relations with all three superpowers.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured June 17, 2019, with former Chilean president and UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet, in Ottawa. Some critics have questioned whether Mr. Trudeau’s push for a seat on the Security Council is futile when it's become a weak institution. They are not entirely wrong. The problem, however, is that a viable alternative has yet to be proposed. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
The Trudeau government’s quest for a seat at the UN Security Council has come at a bad time for international politics.
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'You don't stop trying to find ways of resolving differences in opinion, but I do think in this day and age you need a whole range of ways of expressing concern and trying to move opinion,' says Bob Rae.
Government House Leader Pablo Rodriguez dodged questions if the government was responsible for setting the stage for a stand-off that could trigger an election, saying the question should be asked of the Conservatives.
Global Brief magazine editor Irvin Studin says politicians and policy-makers' thinking is 'too small, it’s too linear, it’s too path dependent, and it looks increasingly absurd as these systemic crises.'
Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux says he's found it 'much more difficult to get information out of the minister’s officer' since Parliament returned with Chrystia Freeland in charge of the nation's finances.