Stephen "Tim Hortons" Harper put Canada's prestige on the line in pursuing a seat on the United Nations Security Council but Portugal seems to have dashed his hopes.
Germany got through on the first ballot with Portugal and Canada neck and neck. On the second ballot, however, Canada's support faltered from 114 on the first ballot to just 78 second ballot votes.
With that Canada's comedian in chief folded his tent and skulked away quite predictably blaming the loss on Michael Ignatieff.
The Toronto Star notes that Canada's failure comes just 24-hours after a Canadian Forces plane carrying Defence Minister Peter MacKay and Chief of Defence Staff General Natyncyzk was denied permission to land in the United Arab Emirates. If the UAE tells you to shove off, you really do have a problem.
The Star is also reporting that Canadian Forces are also pulling up their tent stakes and leaving their supposedly secret base, Camp Mirage, in Dubai. Apparently we've been told not to let the door slam us on the arse on our way out. Rubbing our noses in it, we've been given 30-days to clear out for good.