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It isn’t fun losing UN Security Council seat, but there’s a lot to be learned from it

By Douglas Roche      

Canada's campaign itself was devoid of any overarching theme and, in fact, served political mush at one of the great transformation moments in world history, in which serious people are searching for new ideas for human security.

Justin Trudeau, who quickly manifested a sense of entitlement and had the bad advice of a political coterie around him, had no real knowledge of how the UN works when his government put Canada's name forward for 2021-2022 UN Security Council. The prime minister was seen as an international star, but he unsuccessfully challenged Norway, which had announced its candidacy in 2007, and Ireland, which announced its candidacy in 2005, and are two staunch supporters of the wide range of UN programs. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

EDMONTON—The jugs of maple syrup weren’t enough. Canada tried to sweet-talk its way onto the UN Security Council, but getting elected to the UN’s highest body is a nasty business. The Trudeau charm did not work, and Canada lost to Norway and Ireland.

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