Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland proclaimed Canada’s opposition to “authoritarian” and “anti-democratic” regimes when asked about why the Canadian government has refused to support Israel at the United Nations on Thursday. Freeland’s comments were made during question period upon being questioned by Conservative MP Michael Chong. “Last year, the Liberals broke with Canadian policy in pursuit of a UN Security Council seat,” Michael Chong stated, noting that Canada won six fewer votes than during Canada’s previous attempt at the seat. Chong called it “a damning indictment of this government’s foreign policy.” Canada suffered an embarrassing defeat back in June in its bid to secure a UN Security Council seat. Canada was beaten by Ireland and Norway, who each secured 20 and 22 more votes than Canada respectively.