Canada loses Ireland and Norway in Security Council vote

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau heavily invested in the campaign


Canada lost its last tender for a seat on the United Nations Security Council, despite a dear and campaign stars.

He lost from Ireland and Norway to the two “Western bloc” seats

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau heavily invested in the campaign, employed 13 full-time employees and invited the diplomats to a Celine Dion concert in New York.

Meanwhile, Ireland scrambled U2 for a show, but spent about half as much of its campaign.

Canada said it paid around $ 1.74m (£ 1.37m). As of the end of last year, Ireland earned $ 800,000 and Norway $ 2.8 million.

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The Security Council has 10 non-permanent members, elected for two years, in addition to the permanent members of the United Kingdom, China, France, Russia and the United States. All permanent members have veto power over resolutions.

The council can authorize peacekeeping operations, impose international sanctions, and determine how the UN should respond to conflicts around the world.

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From the UN diplomats were treated to tickets for U2 and Celine Dion concerts


What happened to the vote?

Norway secured 130 votes, while Ireland obtained 128 and Canada managed 108.

India ran unanimously to win in the Asia-Pacific region, while Mexico also ran unanimously.

The terms for new members from January 1, 2021.

An expensive campaign

Jessica Murphy, BBC News, Toronto

This is the second time in a row that Canada has lost its candidacy for a seat on the UN Security Council.

When the former Conservative government lost the opposition race in 2010, the Liberals were among the critics for calling it a painful failure on the world stage.

They said it was the result of a disregard for multilateralism and engagement.

When the Liberals won, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau swore “Canada is back” and a good partner in the international community.

Now he will have to explain how it happened again, under his watch.

In the past few weeks, Trudeau has called on nearly 50 leaders from around the world to lock themselves in for their votes.

On Wednesday, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, François-Philippe Champagne tried to put a positive spin on the loss.

The result was not what Canada had hoped for, it must be recognized, but what mattered were the strengthened bilateral relations along the way.

Champagne told reporters there will be time to analyze what happened at a later date.

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