Canada keeps up costly campaign for UN Security Council seat amid COVID-19 crisis
To help secure a seat, Canada be expected to give ‘several hundred million’ to the African Union for peacekeeping and increase its foreign aid for COVID-19
Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne and International Development Minister Karina Gould confirmed the continuing campaigning in separate interviews with The Canadian Press this past week.They say Canada’s voice on the world’s most powerful decision-making body is needed more than ever because of the big decisions that lie ahead in managing the pandemic and its aftermath.
Canada faces tough competition from Norway and Ireland for the two available seats for a temporary two-year term that would start next year.Both countries are viewed widely as having an advantage because they spend far more than Canada on international development to poor countries and have far more military personnel deployed on UN peacekeeping missions — two key issues for UN member countries.
Champagne and Gould say that Canada’s international stature has grown because of its response to the COVID-19 outbreak, which so far includes a $50-million foreign aid package, but some ex-diplomats say Canada needs to spend more in that area to win votes.
“The UN Security Council is the body that determines how the world reacts to issues of global security and instability,” said Gould, adding that it has never been more important to have a “rational voice” on the 10 rotating, non-permanent members of the council.
“It just demonstrates why it is important for Canada to sit on the UN Security Council. That campaign carries on, but in a different way.”After taking part in a teleconference with fellow G7 foreign ministers this past week, Champagne said Canada’s membership in that exclusive club of leading nations would help it in the ongoing UN campaign.
“Canada has been chairing or organizing a number of calls with G7 countries,” he said. He said Canada has “a voice that is much needed in the world where we need to co-operate, co-ordinate and work together. I think Canada brings something unique to the table.
“I think more and more countries want to see their voice amplified through Canada.”That includes during the pandemic itself, he said, “but also once we will be in the post-COVID world (we) will need countries like Canada to be there.”Canada’s international credibility has also risen in recent months because of the role it has taken in leading the quest to get answers from Iran about its January downing of a Ukrainian passenger plane, as well its recent completion of a new North American trade deal, said Colin Robertson, a seasoned ex-diplomat.
“The new responsibilities of middle-power status, especially G7 and G20 membership, differentiates us from Norway and Ireland,” said Robertson, vice-president of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.Canada’s shortfalls in peacekeeping and foreign aid remain a crippling factor in the UN bid, but the COVID-19 crisis gives it an opportunity to make up for it that, said Stephen Lewis, Canada’s UN ambassador in the 1980s.
Canada received negative reviews for its “brief peacekeeping mission in Mali” and for pulling out earlier than the UN wanted, said Lewis, who remains active in UN circles as one of the leaders of an international organization trying to stamp out abuse by peacekeepers.
“Although Canada may consider that trivial, it registers deeply with the international peacekeeping community around the world, countries whose vote Canada would want,” said Lewis.That can be rectified by giving cash — “several hundred million” — to the African Union for its peacekeeping operations and increasing its foreign aid contribution to COVID-19 well beyond the current $50 million, which Lewis calls, “woefully inadequate.” He said Canada’s fair share would be $140 million at minimum.
“The government espouses generosity: in fact, they’re begrudging pretenders,” said Lewis.Spending matters more than ever, especially during the pandemic, and especially in Africa where 54 of the UN General Assembly’s 190-plus countries hold a crucial bloc of votes in the Security Council election, said Bessma Momani, an international affairs expert at the University of Waterloo.
So far, Canada’s $50-million pledge looks modest, and individual African countries will want more, she said.“If I were an African government expecting COVID-19 to knock on my door any minute now, maybe if you’re choosing between Norway and Ireland, I would use that as leverage … If you want me to vote, where’s my help?” said Momani.
Canada should campaign to address a more pressing need at the Security Council — the fact that it has been missing in action in combatting the pandemic, according to the Canadian-led World Refugee Council. Its leading members include former UN ambassadors Allan Rock and Paul Heinbecker, and Lloyd Axworthy, Canada’s foreign minister when the country last served on the council two decades ago.
“The Security Council’s silence is a troubling symptom of the deep dysfunction that has beset its 15-member body in recent years,” the group said in a statement.“As Canada campaigns for one of those seats in this year’s election, it should pledge in its platform to bring the Security Council back to life and face up to its responsibilities.”
The pandemic raises questions about whether the General Assembly, whose members are to hold a vote in June, will be able to meet to hold an election.The Security Council has been meeting recently via video conference so it is conceivable that the General Assembly could convene that way in June, said Adam Chapnick, a Royal Military College professor and author of a new book on the Security Council.
“That said, there is a real chance that this pandemic will be significantly worse (at least in the global south, where it is only beginning) in a few months, so I suspect that we will be in unprecedented territory by the time the meetings are supposed to be held,” Chapnick said.
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Astonishingly inappropriate, but welcome to Trudeau and his misaligned priorities. Pas besoin de ça 1 sec,Arabie saoudite qui s occupe des droits de l homme non non! A special ' slush fund' no doubt is being used.. UN be like: LyndaE222 At all cost! Decisions made by Trudeau are done in light of winning the seat. Carbon tax, shut down Canadian oil and natural resource investment, primacy of aboriginal rights and illegal protesting, illegal entry at Roxham Rd. All being watched by UN and their seat committee.
It looks pretty simple. Canada just needs to buy 54 votes in the country of Africa to gain a seat. We just sent them $40M but that’s not enough. It appears the big blind is up to $140M to stay in the game. Corruption in the UN. There never had been nor will there ever be a decent argument to support this wasteful attempt at what is simply a Justin Ego Trip. We do not hold the moral high ground in any way shape or form to suggest we can control the thought processes of the rest of the world.
are you kidding me? is this part of liberals’ handling the covid-19 crisis? can we stop wasting taxpayers money? Aligning with terrorists and human rights abusers. Way to go, Canada! 🇨🇦 Why? Yup, Trudeau shows his true priorities UN vs Canadians and UN wins Trudeau is going to cost this country a fortune!
National post. Are you still involved in journalism these days? To clarify, Trudeau wants to be at the United Nations, Canada wants to distance itself from the UN. Quit conflating Trudeau with Canada. Canada? 🤨 Money terribly spent. The UN has become a very insignificant governing body. It’s weak and useless and has been for 30 plus years
No. JustinTrudeau keeps up the high priced seat bid with tax dollar money. It has zero to do with “Canada”. The UN has proven to be a liability. AndrewScheer PierrePoilievre Stop wasting our money Trudeau! This Prime Minister can’t get his Ego out of the way, during this crisis, he just keeps giving money away but he’s the wrong guy
😡 have not heard anything in a while, thought Trudope had given up, BUT nope, waste our money on the BS UN pearlk60 Let's leave the UN instead Unbelievable! What a complete disaster the liberanos are!! Trudeau/Morneau were on track to ruin Canada financials before the pandemic. And now despite more than 112 Billions in added deficit they still could find 100’s of millions to waste on a UN seat that provides no value added to Canadians. TrudeauNotFitForOffice
Of course Trudeau is continuing. It’s not Canada but Trudeau that has the fixation on this useless position. JustinTrudeau stop the insanity at a time like this Very stupid especially now. Absurd. No-one outside of federal politicians has any interest in a Security Council seat at the UN. Not if it costs Canada more than a hundred bucks. Just a petty 'wanna be a bigshot' initiative. Grow up and focus on Canadians' needs. Not your own.
We hope that Trudeau isn’t getting support from China for that useless UN seat in exchange for keeping air traffic from China open and letting them instal Huawei 5G. Guess Trudeau will pay for this with the upcoming carbon tax increase? JustinTrudeau please stop wasting our money. No one cares about your vanity project! Focus on something that matters. If you had put this much energy into being proactive in your response to pandemic that would have been better use of time and taxpayer 💰
Justing buying his way into a council seat why Canadians starve. JustinTrudeau please resign. Trudeau will sell out Canada Why ? Do we have no better ways to spend our taxpayers dollars? One only needs to remember the futility and the waste of time and hardworking legal Canadian tax dollars - any one of China Russia or USA can veto - explaining why Truscumbag holds his Chinese Dictator buddies in such high esteem
raytoutofer Disgusting and negligence! WHY ? One wonders when Liberal supporters are going to say enough is enough with this government. We have better things to work on then a seat at the security council. Where is Trudeau’s priority’s ? This is pure lunacy. Canadian Poli-Sci 201 refresher. Canada is a major middle power, it amplifies its influence through international cooperation and multilateralism, especially through organizations like the UN, the Commonwealth, NATO, as well as a plethora of others. The UN is the big show.
They have managed to keep this quiet longer than they should have been able to. Still it dose not look good on them. ....Canada is keeping up it's costly Campaign, for a UN Security Council Seat ? Throwing Israel under the bus, was not enough? Sooooo..... Crawl back in your hole Conrad That $50million earmarked for the UN as part of this aid package was nothing short of trying to buy Senegal and Rwanda for the UN security council bid (remember his call to them just last week?) Corruption is Trudeaus trademark and a well learned lesson courtesy of SNC Lavalin.
Trudeau keeps up costly campaign for UN Security Council seat amid COVID-19 crisis, NOT Canada. We do not want this. LOL, why bother? trudeau HAS SOLD OUT Canada to the rockerfeller United Nations ALREADY! OMG is this an alternate universe Of course we need a presence and a voice on the world stage. Now more than ever. You really think this is the last crisis or pandemic CrazyCons
Canada is racist country go out of the U.N Forget the UN security seat. Get your priorities straight JustinTrudeau CANADA needs your full attention and complete dedication to the homeland crisis. Value is more expensive than price Notice that this a large gathering and no one is maintaining the proper social distancing standards.
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