The UN needs reform and Trudeau should push for it: Tim Harper | Toronto Star

The UN needs reform and Trudeau should push for it: Tim Harper | Toronto Star

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OTTAWA—When Canada lost its bid for a United Nations Security Council seat to Portugal in 2010 it was widely seen as a humiliation, an embarrassment, the dagger through the heart of Stephen Harper’s foreign policy.It was the diplomatic equivalent of a loss to Kazakhstan on the ice.At least, that was the view of the chattering class. One could argue that it didn’t really bother Canadians who turned around and awarded a majority government to Harper months later, despite the best efforts of opposition parties to keep the issue on the electoral radar.Wednesday in New York Justin Trudeau will officially announce the country’s bid for a Security Council seat, but one must ask if this is more a matter of returning national prestige — “Canada is Back (again)’’ — than a sign of the actual value of the seat at the UN inner circle.

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