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Will Canada get a seat on the Security Council?





deanhills
What do you think. Will Canada (one of the three contenders with Germany and Portugal) for two United Nations Security Council Seats, manage to get a seat ? Germany is of course a sure thing, but Canada sounds pretty certain too? Looks as though they are in some doubt?

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The United Nations decides next Tuesday which two from Canada, Germany and Portugal will get a two-year temporary seat on the powerful 15-seat council. Germany looks set to succeed, leaving Canada and Portugal in a race for one position.

Canada competes for a seat once every decade and has always succeeded. Failure would be a blow for a country that has long prided itself as being one of the U.N.'s biggest backers.

Yet, since Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper took power in 2006, Ottawa has adopted policies that have irritated some countries -- notably in the Middle East and Africa -- that could normally be relied on to vote for Canada.

Harper has in the past shown ambivalence toward the United Nations and diplomats say Canada's effort to win a seat this time started later than usual and expended fewer resources.

Many diplomats predict Canada will win by a narrow margin but stress that this is not guaranteed.

Source: Yahoo!News
mengshi200
Canada,very strange,less armed country,why get a seat on the Security Council?
deanhills
mengshi200 wrote:
Canada,very strange,less armed country,why get a seat on the Security Council?
It is regarded as a powerful Western country and has always played a large role in international affairs. Most of the time as an important ally of its neighbour, the United States.
harismushtaq
In my knowledge, Canada has preferred to remain distant from conflicts, crises and complicated international affairs. It does not have a very large population or a very strong industrial base or military. It was in the air that India was also contending for these seats. Is it not true ?
deanhills
harismushtaq wrote:
In my knowledge, Canada has preferred to remain distant from conflicts, crises and complicated international affairs. It does not have a very large population or a very strong industrial base or military. It was in the air that India was also contending for these seats. Is it not true ?
Good point, but Canada has always been in a mutual exchange of favour basis with the United States, including politics. So it would probably have been useful for the United States to have Canada around for that purpose. Besides which I think Canada was eager to get a seat on the Security Council. But lost the election to Portugal. Refer Wikipedia link below for more information about the outcome of the election.

India got elected but in an uncontested capacity:
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For the WEOG seats Germany, along with Canada, and Portugal, are standing for election. India ran uncontested for the Asian seat since Kazakhstan stood aside. South Africa is also running uncontested for the African seat after being endorsed by the African Union. After dropping out to Brazil in the 2009 election, Colombia also ran unopposed.

Source: Wikipedia
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