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PETER McKENNA: Trudeau’s failed UN Security Council bid — explained

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Back in March, there was no shortage of critics breathlessly predicting that Canada’s bid for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council would fail miserably.

They pointed to Canada’s lacklustre efforts in international peacekeeping and climate change, an inability to showcase its multilateralist credentials and Justin Trudeau’s failure to push our candidacy in foreign capitals. We now know that their prognostications were right on the mark.

It is worth mentioning, though, that because of the novel coronavirus pandemic and a cratering global economy, this was no typical UN vote. The world of cascading crises made it exceedingly difficult for Ottawa to orchestrate a full-blown international campaign, to participate in the critical face-to-face meetings — and necessary diplomatic horse-trading — to secure a country’s support and to engage in the 11th-hour politicking sometimes needed to seal the deal.

Still, the Trudeau Liberals were confident that Canada would eventually prevail when the contest went to a second ballot. To add insult to injury, Canada lost on the first ballot (garnering only 108 votes) to Ireland (which secured 128 votes) — receiving fewer votes than UN-skeptic Stephen Harper’s failed bid in 2010 (which notched 114........

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