Justin Trudeau’s Quest for a United Nations Security Council Seat
This chapter seeks to determine why the Trudeau government seeks a seat on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for the 2021–2022 term despite so many uncertainties and challenges. First, there is the lack of a guarantee of a win against Ireland and Norway for one of the two seats. Next, there is the significant cost to campaign and hold the seat. Third, there is the fact that the Liberals may not be in power come time to hold the seat. Moreover, the dysfunction of the UNSC and the clear disdain Canada’s closest neighbor and ally, the United States, holds for the UNSC seem reason enough to avoid the seat. Is campaigning for a seat a Liberal dynastic imperative? Or a Canadian one? This chapter examines the powers and importance of the UNSC, Canada’s history on the Council and the costs, benefits, and challenges of mounting a Canadian bid for a Council seat.
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