Canada’s UN Security Council bid overlooks the pitfalls of influence

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Discussion posted by: Arye ben-Shaoul

The Trudeau government has made its case for why a country like Canada should win a seat on the United Nations Security Council. There hasn’t been any discussion of the drawbacks. It fell to Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, also in Ethiopia to promote her country’s competing UNSC bid, to reflect on the pitfalls of sitting at the world’s biggest table. “You have to take a stand on some policy decisions that, as a non-member, you don’t have to,” she told CBC News. The Conservative Party leader, nicknamed “Iron Erna” in memory of Britain’s Margaret Thatcher, says she sees the seat at the world’s biggest table less as a prize, and more as a responsibility.