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?
|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.