Canada has been humbled on the world stage after failing to secure a seat on the United Nations Security Council in a loss to Norway and Ireland. Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne denies the vote result was a rejection of Canada’s foreign policies. Champagne says Canada is more connected on the world stage now than ever because of its campaign to win a seat, even with the loss.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is keeping his chin up. The P.M., who campaigned aggressively for one of these seats, congratulated Norway, Ireland, India, and Mexico on their election to the council, while thanking all countries for engaging with Canada throughout the campaign. Trudeau says Canada sought election to the security council to work with the world to help build a better future that benefits everyone by promoting peace, freedom, democracy, and human rights.
Here are the Foreign Affairs Minister’s comments:
I would like to congratulate the countries elected to the @UN Security Council today. As we move forward, Canada remains committed to working with our partners to promote gender equality, sustain peace, fight climate change, and improve economic security. https://t.co/4JDd5Z2aj0
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) June 17, 2020
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