by Barry Weisleder
Why did the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau fail to secure a seat on the United Nations Security Council? On June 17 it lost out to Norway and Ireland on the first ballot at the U.N. Canada needed 128 votes — or two-thirds of the voting members of the assembly. Norway passed the threshold with 130 and Ireland garnered 128 votes. Canada fell short with 108 votes.
The loss was Canada’s second consecutive defeat in a bid for a seat on the powerful body for a two-year term. The failure of the Trudeau Liberal government bid followed the loss by the former Conservative government of Stephen Harper in 2010. Prior to that, Canada won six times in a row, roughly each decade since the creation of the UN in 1946.