Compassionate, constructive Canada not really ‘back’ as government bids for UN Security Council seat

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“Many of you have worried Canada has lost its compassionate and constructive voice in the world,” Justin Trudeau told a boisterous, celebratory rally in the immediate aftermath of his 2015 federal election victory. “Well, I have a simple message for you … we’re back.” But five years on, Canada is not back. Why not? Because in foreign policy — as in much else with this Liberal government — the focus has been on style rather than substance. Consider Canada’s current bid for a UN Security Council seat, which goes to a vote later this month. Why does Canada want the seat? Mostly, it seems, to show the world Justin Trudeau can do what Stephen Harper could not. In 2010, Harper tried to win a Security Council seat and his failure to do so was considered a major political embarrassment for the Tories.