Canada won't be sitting on the UN Security Council. Norway, yes. Ireland, yes. Canada, oh Canada, no.
Maybe it's because of our disgraceful voting record on issues Palestinian and Israeli. Maybe it's because in a world about to catch fire we're still pimping low value, high carbon fossil fuels. Maybe it's because we're not the Canada we were pre-Harper.
Trudeau had said we pitched the Canadian values of peace, freedom, democracy and human rights. Let me get this right - we're better than Ireland and Norway, eh?
No, the votes weren't there for Canada. We didn't even come close.
Pro-Palestinian and other groups point to Canada's Middle East policies as a factor in the failure to secure a seat. Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) issued a statement saying the defeat "proves that Canada's failure to demonstrate leadership on human rights and international cooperation has isolated it from world opinion."
"In recent months, Trudeau has also been relatively quiet on the threats of Israeli annexation, especially when compared to the vocal and long-standing condemnations from competitors Norway and Ireland," the group said.It also didn't help that both Ireland and Norway have outdone Canada on peacekeeping and development aid.