I see, in a report in the Globe and Mail, that “Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says he would continue Canada’s campaign for a seat on the United Nations Security Council if he becomes Prime Minister following this fall’s federal election.“
Now, I keep saying that, in order to win, Andrew Scher must deemphasize some conservative issues ~ including, especially, the ones closest to my heart like having a real grand strategy again, playing a leading role in global affairs, having a responsible foreign policy and rebuilding a strong national defence to give effect to our principled policies ~ and appeal to the mushy middle of the electorate. So I really cannot complain, can I, when he makes a silly promise?
Well, yes I can …
I believe in the United Nations. I believe that if we had not created the UN in the late 1940s we would be scrambling to invent it now. I used to work in one of the UN’s (more than 150-year-old) member organizations and I have seen, first-hand, how valuable an international coordinating agency can be. But the UN is far from perfect and one of its major flaws is the United Nations Security Council, which, in my considered opinion, has outlived whatever utility it might have ever had (and I doubt it ever had much) and, today, is an impediment to global peace and security.
I believe that the only sane, sound policy for Canada (and for e.g. Australia, Denmark, Iceland, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and, indeed for Germany, India and Japan) is to boycott the UNSC ~ to refuse to stand for election to the second class, temporary, cheap seats and, instead, to work in the General Assembly and in UN member agencies to achieve the UN’s overarching goal which is “to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war.” The UNSC needs to be abolished, not reformed.
I hope that when not if Andrew Scheer replaces the juvenile Justin Trudeau as prime minister in October, and when an adult replaces the inept Chrystia Freeland as foreign minister, that they will, quietly, ignore this silly promise and, instead, lead an effort to undermine the Security Council and rely, instead, on the General Assembly, to make key decisions for the world on matters like peacekeeping, and, at the same time, try to persuade UN members to act for the common good, not for regional special interests.
I know that the Laurentian Elites want that temporary, second class, UNSC seat ~ I cannot think why, except that, maybe, a few of them will get invited to a somewhat better class of cocktail party if Canada wins a seat. I understand that many Canadians, most of whom are unfamiliar with how the UN operates, support the Laurentian Consensus on this matter. They are wrong and so is Andrew Scheer.