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What Was Lost?

By Jane Boulden

On 17 June, Canada lost its campaign for a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council for the 2021–2022 term. The desire to get a seat on the Council has its origins in Prime Minister Trudeau’s first election victory, which prompted him to announce that Canada was back on the world stage. The loss was a blow for Trudeau in that he cannot point to the achievement of a Security Council seat as symbolic evidence of the completion of his “we’re back” statement. But for Canada as a whole, was anything else lost as a result of the failure to gain a seat?