According to a report in the Hill Times, Canada is not only not really “back,” it is likely, according to several experts, that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will fail in his attempt to get Canada a worthless, second class seat on the hopelessly unless United Nations Security Council. Seasoned former diplomats explain that Canada is virtue signalling about feminism, welcoming refugees and joining UN peace support operations but it isn’t really doing anything much out in the real world.
“Jeremy Kinsman, a former Canadian high commissioner to the United Kingdom, said … [that getting that UNSC seat] … means working hard every day, but instead Canada took far too long “to deliver on a peacekeeping commitment that was meant to be our signature project,” he said in reference to the Mali mission, announced in March with a promise to send six helicopters and, according to several media reports, up to 250 military personnel to the West African nation later this year … [and] … “Other countries see us parsing our votes so as not to separate from the U.S., whose positions are toxic,” Mr. Kinsman said, adding Canada is engaged in “empty grandstanding,” such as the “meaningless” January conference on North Korea in Vancouver … [but, Mr Kinsman said] … “We can get there if we show commitment and leadership, including on the tough problems, not the easy ones like condemning Venezuela and Myanmar”.” Colin Robertson, another retired senior diplomat said that ““I think there has been a dawning of the realities of life in a complicated world, and what can you do with so many resources?”” In other words, Team Trudeau may have woken up to the reality, which Prime Minister Harper understood, that the United Nations is, by and large, a waste of time and resources and there are many, many, many more productive ways to use Canada’s fiscal, diplomatic and military resources.
There are, of course, a great many Canadians who think that the United Nations is worthwhile and the temporary, powerless seat on the Security Council is the cat’s meow … they’re deluded but it’s a fairly widespread delusion, especially amongst progressives.
Most of us, however, should take some comfort in the fact that we might not waste bags full of money trying to bribe our diplomats’ way into a better class of cocktail party which those who are honest will admit is the only benefit there is to being on the UNSC.
Prime Minister Trudeau’s boast that “Canada is back!” always rang hollow because, of course, Canada never really left … under prime Minister Harper Canada was a respected leader in the world community, now, under Justin Trudeau, as the Hill Times headline writer puts it: “Canada [is] seen to ‘dial back’ [its] UN Security Council bid, say insiders, [and Canada is] all ‘rhetoric,’ no action,” but given that Justin Trudeau is in charge that’s probably a very good thing.