Canada’s defeat in bid for UN Security Council seat also reveals Ottawa’s lingering problems at home

Photo by  Andrew Meade, The Hill Times

Originally published in the Hill Times

After Canada lost its bid for the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) seat on June 17, experts quickly blamed Ottawa’s lack of global engagement as the key reason. But Canada’s defeat tells of more than just its foreign policy failure. On many domestic issues, such as the environment and Indigenous rights, Canada’s actions are not consistent with its international obligations.

Canada cannot portray a moral high ground abroad while failing to address these issues at home. The recent defeat at the UN Security Council bid reveals more than Ottawa’s foreign policy failure. It is also a reminder that Canada’s international obligations extend beyond its global engagement. Therefore, Ottawa must ensure that its actions at home are consistent with its rhetoric.

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