Canada does not deserve a seat at UN Security Council

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Canada does not deserve a seat at UN Security Council

Canada does not deserve seat at UN Security Council

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A gate on the Morice River Forest Service Rd is dismantled during RCMP operations. Photo: Unist’ot’en Village/Twitter.

Reconciliation is dead. It died when the RCMP invaded Wet’suwet’en territory with heavy machinery, helicopters, weapons and police dogs to forcibly remove Wet’suwet’en peoples and supporters from their homes on their own lands.

In quite literal terms, the RCMP destroyed the “reconciliation” sign posted on the access point to the territory, to make way for pipeline workers to force a pipeline on Wet’suwet’en Yintah (lands) without consent from hereditary chiefs.

While they were at it, Coastal Gaslink pipeline workers removed the red dresses memorializing the thousands of Indigenous women and girls who have been abused, exploited, disappeared and murdered – some at the hands of those who work in man camps.

In reaction to this violation of Indigenous land rights and the aggressive invasion of Wet’suwet’en lands by the RCMP, grassroots Indigenous peoples and Canadian allies have engaged in protests, rallies, marches and blockades all over Turtle Island.

UN Security Council

300 people blocked the intersection at Cambie and Hastings in Vancouver in support of Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs. Photo: Simon Charland/APTN

Meanwhile, Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is not even in Canada. He is travelling the world campaigning for a seat on the United Nations (UN) Security Council.

Canada is a state perpetrator of genocide against Indigenous women and girls. The national inquiry found that all levels of government – federal, provincial, territorial and municipal – have engaged in historic and ongoing genocide; a form of gendered colonization which targets Indigenous women and girls for violence and denies them basic human rights protections. This genocide includes the theft of Indigenous lands and resources and the criminalization of Indigenous peoples who peacefully defend their lands and peoples from the violence, especially from the extractive industry.

The UN Security Council should not welcome a state perpetrator of genocide that has failed to accept responsibility for the genocide and failed to act urgently to end it. Similarly, member states of the UN should recall that Canada was one of only four states that fought against the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) which protects the rights of Indigenous peoples to self-determination, control over their traditional lands and resources and protections from forced removal from their lands by the state. While Canada has reversed its position on UNDRIP and claims to now support it unconditionally, it has failed to implement it into domestic law (with the exception of the Province of British Columbia).

https://aptnnews.ca/2020/02/12/canada-does-not-deserve-seat-at-un-security-council-opinion/

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The ‘iron road’ that brought ruin and death

As tempers flare over rail protests and talk of the rule of law, consider the history of the CPR

https://www.macleans.ca/opinion/the-iron-road-that-brought-ruin-and-death/

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The breathtaking hypocrisy of the howls for  "rule of law"

 

For most of Canada’s history, the rule of law has been openly flouted when it comes to Indigenous land and rights.

 

https://policyoptions.irpp.org/magazines/february-2020/the-breathtaking-hypocrisy-of-the-howls-for-rule-of-law/

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Demonstration in support of Wet’sutwet’en protests shuts down Bloor Street in Toronto

https://globalnews.ca/news/6561031/wetsutweten-protests-bloor-street-toronto/

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Federal government says it will not use force (for now) to break up Indigenous protests across Canada

https://www.straight.com/news/1361281/federal-government-says-it-will-not-use-force-break-indigenous-protests-across-canada

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Reconciliation is dead—the educational ramifications of an empty promise

https://www.straight.com/news/1361166/cay-burton-reconciliation-dead-educational-ramifications-empty-promise

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Ottawa rejects calls to shut down rail blockades, will focus on negotiation

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-ottawa-rejects-police-intervention-to-put-an-end-to-blockades/

voice of the damned

Probably Canada doesn't deserve a seat on the UNSC. I doubt this particular issue is gonna make a difference to how any of the countries vote, though.   

quizzical

but the US Russia China Britian and France do? perm ones too.

so sick of, "can't do a thing until you're pure" mentality.

kropotkin1951

quizzical wrote:

but the US Russia China Britian and France do? perm ones too.

so sick of, "can't do a thing until you're pure" mentality.

The US already has a seat, why should they get two?

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Canada is not running against the US for a seat. It is running against Norway and Ireland, both countries that are far more worthy of a seat than Canada. 

NDPP

Yes, especially Ireland. Norway forced a destructive hydroelectric project on the Indigenous there some time back.

Mari Boine, Sami: 'Gula Gula'

https://youtu.be/S3LPClTvYWc

kropotkin1951

swallow wrote:

Canada is not running against the US for a seat. It is running against Norway and Ireland, both countries that are far more worthy of a seat than Canada. 

Canada is running to get a second seat for their masters. Why does the world need a lap dog on the security counsel?

NDPP

PnP: 'No One is Perfect..': FM Champagne (and vid)

https://twitter.com/PnPCBC/status/1263597425760940032

"On the opposition to Canada's pursuit of a seat at the UN Security Council, FP Champagne says 'no one is perfect' but 'people want more Canada'. 100+ people including Noam Chomsky have signed a letter saying Canada is not acting as a 'benevolent' player on the intl stage."

The sentiment is shared by very many more than 100+ obviously. Dear UN.  Please don't vote for this odious colonialist and imperial flunkie.

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Petition/Letter to UN Ambassadors Urging Member States to Vote No to Canada's Bid For UN Security Council

https://actionnetwork.org/letters/letter-to-un-ambassadors-urging-to-vot...

"Take 2 minutes to let all UN Ambassadors know you join with civil society from around the world in criticizing Canada's anti-Palestine record and urge them to vote no to Canada in the upcoming bid for the seat on the UNSC..."

 

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Trudeau's Cowardly and Cynical Pursuit of a UN Security Council Seat

https://t.co/fgbvVS7cE5?amp=1

"The movement against Canada's bid for a UN Security Council seat is gaining traction..."

Glad to hear it. Please sign petition above.

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Canada Rebuts UN Security Council Critics as Champagne Heads to NYC For Final Push

https://twitter.com/CBCNews/status/1271713939970306049

Dear UN: Anyone BUT Canada!

epaulo13 epaulo13's picture

Greta Thunberg looks to UN security council election for leverage on climate

Greta Thunberg is urging small island diplomats to put Canada and Norway’s oil interests in the spotlight as the two countries seek election to the UN security council.

Thunberg is one of four youth activists to sign a letter, along with 22 climate scientists, raising “grave concerns” about the Arctic nations’ policies to expand and subsidise fossil fuel extraction.

Canada and Norway are competing with Ireland for two seats on the UN security council, both promising to address climate change as a threat to peace and stability.

Yet their support for increased oil and gas production is incompatible with international climate goals, argued signatories to the letter, published in full below.

They called on small island developing states, as some of the most vulnerable countries to climate breakdown, to use their vote to highlight these concerns.

“For the young generation who will inherit the consequences of these decisions, it is critical that those who claim to be leading on climate action are held to account for decisions they are making back at home,” the letter said.....

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If Canada Wins a Seat at the UNSC Now, It's Just Another Vote For Washington

https://on.rt.com/ajna

"...Simply put, however, Canada has shown that its vote can be bought by campaign financiers and trade partners, especially the aggressive one next door. That's the 'neighbor' Canada is most concerned about being good to these days, and that just won't do."

 

Canada Does Not Deserve A Seat At The UN Security Council

https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/canada-deserve-seat-security-c...

"...Nowhere is Canada's retreat from liberal values clearer than in the case of Palestine. During a 2018 visit to Israel, Canada's then Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said Canada would serve as an 'asset to Israel' if it secures a seat at the UNSC."*

 

Canadians Want Their Government To Oppose Israeli Annexation...

https://www.cjpme.org/pr_2020_06_16

"...The results show that 74% of Canadians want the government to express opposition to Israeli annexation in some form, and 42% of Canadians want to impose economic and/or other diplomatic sanctions against Israel. Sanctions against Israel are popular among supporters of the NDP (68%), Green Party (59%), BQ (54%), and Liberal Party (42%). [But not their leaderships] A majority of Liberal, NDP and Green supporters want Canada to increase its support for Palestinian human rights..." [

 

*But not the Israel Lobby...

UJA: Toronto, The Most Zionist Community in the World

https://jewishtoronto.com/news-media/toronto-the-most-zionist-community-...

"Israel is the heart and soul of Canadian Jewry in general and of the Toronto community in particular, and in fact is the strongest source of unity among Canadian Jews - and a central element in Jewish identity here.' The speaker is Adam Minsky, President and CEO of UJA Federation of Greater Toronto. This is a strong and well established community with great influence in Canada in all areas - political, economic, media, academic and more. The Jewish community in Canada is more conservative and sympathetic to Israel than the United States..."

Zionism is Racism. NO to USrael. NO to 'Israeli Asset' Canada on the UNSC.

[email protected]

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Canada Loses Bid For UN Security Council Seat

https://www.rt.com/news/492184-canada-loses-bid-unsc/

"Canada has officially lost its bid for a seat on the UNSC, which it contested with Ireland and Norway, despite an extensive lobbying campaign led by PM Justin Trudeau..."

 

I guess the UNGA decided against Freeland's solemn promise to act as an 'asset of Israel' (see #25). Or perhaps it was our Indigenous genocide. Maybe even Trudeau's blackface hijinks,  not to mention the embarrassing constant Canadian servility to Washington.

laine lowe laine lowe's picture

Don't forget Canada's role in meddling with South American politics and being an active mouthpiece for the Lima Group. I was relieved to see Canada's bid rejected.

NDPP

Me too ll!

"When your government gets even less support for a UN Security Council seat than even Stephen Harper's, you can be sure that your government has lost all credibility on human rights. [Harper: 114 votes - Trudeau: 108 votes.] What does it all mean?"

https://twitter.com/dimitrilascaris/status/1273369945808699393

Given the loss was so substantial, it obviously means the UNGA decided that it could do without 'More Canada!' Canadian political elites have a vastly inflated sense of their own entitlement and grossly underestimate the sophistication of the global community to smell out the bullshit that is Canadian speechifying on its own inherent goodness.

 

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Canada Loses Security Council Bid

https://mailchi.mp/2482fdcc3fe9/no-security-council-for-canada-campaign-...

"Time for a fundamental reassessment of Canada's pro-Washington, corporate foreign policy. In response to the Security Council defeat we just sent out a press release calling for a reset of Canadian foreign policy..."

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The UN Security Council Rout: Canada's (at the) Back!

https://www.macleans.ca/opinion/the-un-security-council-rout-canadas-at-...

"Believing a win at the UN would fall from the heavens on Trudeau because he wasn't Harper was an expression of the narcissism and shallowness that have characterized this government during much of its time in office..."

 

Goldstein: This is Trudeau's Loss, Not Canada's

https://ottawasun.com/opinion/columnists/goldstein-this-is-trudeaus-loss...

"...In the final days leading up to the UN vote, Trudeau - through Canada's UN Ambassador Marc-Andre Blanchard and other officials - unsuccessfully lobbied UN ambassadors to counteract two international campaigns urging UN members not to vote for Canada, arguing it was too pro-Israel and had not done enough to fight climate change."

Michael Moriarity Michael Moriarity's picture

NDPP wrote:

Goldstein: This is Trudeau's Loss, Not Canada's

https://ottawasun.com/opinion/columnists/goldstein-this-is-trudeaus-loss...

"...In the final days leading up to the UN vote, Trudeau - through Canada's UN Ambassador Marc-Andre Blanchard and other officials - unsuccessfully lobbied UN ambassadors to counteract two international campaigns urging UN members not to vote for Canada, arguing it was too pro-Israel and had not done enough to fight climate change."

I disagree with Lorrie Goldstein. This is most definitely Canada's loss, as the 2 issues cited (pro-Israel and climate change) have nothing to do with Trudeau personally. Rather, it is the Liberal party policies which are at fault, and the problems would be even worse under Goldstein's preferred Conservatives.

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Agreed

NDPP

Canada Must Learn From Its UN Security Council Defeat

https://buff.ly/3d9MXWk

"...The elephant in the room, however, is Canada's embarrassing record of diplomatic cover for Israel's human rights violations. In 2018, while speaking in Israel, Canada's then foreign-affairs minister Chrystia Freeland claimed that, were it successful in its bid for a UNSC seat, Canada would try to be an 'asset for Israel.' More than any other act, Canada's attempt to protect Israel from international condemnation was embodied in its threat to cut funding to the International Criminal Court (ICC) if the court proceeded with a warcrimes investigation against Israeli officials..."

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Canada's UN Security Council Election Loss is an Urgent Wake-Up Call

https://www.ceasefire.ca/canadas-security-council-election-loss-is-an-ur...

"...The driving force is not principle but a craven pandering to domestic political interests (Ukrainian nationalists, pro-regime change Iranian lobby groups, the Israeli lobby in Canada) at the expense of international law and a diplomatic resolution of the underlying issues...We call on the government of Canada to commission a review of Canadian foreign policy."

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Here's Why Canada's Security Council Defeat is a Win for Palestine

https://www.thecanadafiles.com/yves-engler/cscdp

"Canada's defeat in its bid for a seat on the United Nations Security Council is a major victory for Palestinian solidarity. It also puts Canada's Israel lobby on the defensive. Israeli politicians and commentators have begun to publicly bemoan the loss. Kowtowing to CIJA, B'nai B'rith and Israel nationalists such as [MPs] Housefather, Levitt etc on Palestinian rights at the UN helped scuttle Canada's Security Council bid - that's a fact Trudeau and the Liberals must face. More important, the international community's rejection of a government enthralled to the Israel lobby weakens Israel diplomatically and is a victory for Palestine..."

epaulo13 epaulo13's picture

International Pressure Kept Canada From Joining Security Council

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Yves Engler:​

So I think that the vote at the General Assembly, I don’t want to argue that this is just morality entering into play, but I think morality did enter into play. I mean, I think there’s a lot of countries in the world, a country like Uganda. Maybe you could say that Uganda has repressive domestic policies, but there is a sense of, of internationalism, there’s a sense of anti-imperialism and the UN ambassador of Uganda or maybe Nicaragua or another country, basically when it came down to the private vote, they assessed Canadian foreign policy and Canadian foreign policy is a much more militaristic, much more pro-corporate, anti-Palestinian foreign policy than is the Irish foreign policy or the Norwegian foreign policy and that’s in large part, why Canada lost quite badly in it’s bid to sit on the Security Council.

Mark Steiner:

So let’s kind of explore this a little bit, a bit deeper in that. When you look at the Trudeau government coming in as a liberal party, people thought that the government would come in and turn over some of Harper’s policies. But what’s happened is it seems to me, Trudeau’s government is not changing things Harper has done internationally, maybe even more, and B that it just kind of shows, for want of a better term, the neoliberal inability to control capitalism or control of mining interests and it’s going to arms industry. So what, what’s the political dynamic inside Canada?

Yves Engler:

Yeah, I mean, I think that’s exactly what we need to look at, which is that there is more structural explanations for Canada’s foreign policy than there is if it’s Stephen Harper or if it’s Justin Trudeau, or even if it happened to be a Jagmeet Singh the leader of the supposedly social democratic NDP, that there are structural factors within Canadian society that drive foreign policy in a certain direction. And so there is a lot more that’s similar between Stephen Harper’s foreign policy and Justin Trudeau’s foreign policy, than that is different. I alluded to some before, but just to take a look at Canada’s voting record at the UN on resolutions, dealing with Palestinian rights. In fact, Justin Trudeau’s voting record in his first four years was more anti-Palenstinian than Stephen Harper’s voting record at the UN on Palestinian rights.

If you look at Canada’s involvement in NATO, the Trudeau government has expanded, sent Canadian troops to Latvia on the border with Russia, Canadian troops support NATO with Americans and in Iraq, Canadian Naval vessels are part of these NATO patrols and in the middle East and the Baltic, so they’ve continued with this ramped up number of Canadian forces. So you see that, that even though Justin Trudeau tends to speak a bit more of a liberal kind of a rhetoric on militarism or peace, in fact, his policy largely has continued with the predecessor. And there’s probably no area that’s more clear on that than the question of the mining sector. Canada has about half of the world’s mining companies are based or listed in Canada. Canada has 0.5% of the world’s population, so 100 times Canada’s proportion of the world’s population it’s dominance in the mining sector.

And the Trudeau government promised to bring in reforms that would end public support for mining companies found to be engaged in major abuses abroad. They announced it, the promises were coming to office, they repeated that promise after coming to the office, they began a whole commission, and after the pushback from the mining sector in this country, basically they came up with an ombudsperson that has almost no power to even compel companies to provide documentation about some of the things they may have been involved with and basically no power to end public support for those mining companies.

So that mining sector, of course, is a very powerful force within Canada and over the past 25 years as there’s been the neoliberal reforms in Africa and Latin America, Canadian mining companies have absolutely skyrocketed. So in Mexico, 25 years ago, there were no Canadian mining companies. Now there’s hundreds and hundreds of Canadian mining companies, there’s something like 75% of all the mining companies in Mexico, and that’s totally tied to neoliberal forums in Mexico. And so Canadian, capital Canadian business class is very committed to maintaining those policies in Mexico and many other countries. So Justin Trudeau’s government has mostly just continued that because there are some structural forces that want more of that type of policy.

epaulo13 epaulo13's picture

..more from above

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Yves Engler: Oh, there’s no doubt about that. I mean, I’ve said, over and over again, there’s basically two forces that drive Canadian foreign policy: historic support for empire and support for corporate interest. Historically support for the British empire, today support for the American empire and Canadian corporate interests. The Canadian mining companies and Canadian aid policy and diplomacy, and even military policy, which support the mining sector in Jamaica, in Mexico, in Congo, in Senegal, no one in Washington is forcing those Canadian companies and Canadian diplomats to act in a way to serve backup mining companies that pollute local waterways, kill opponents in local communities to their minds. No one in the U S is forcing, Canadian companies or Canadian diplomats to go in that direction. So, Canada has a very expansive international investment class or capitalists class that is totally tied into pillaging the resources of the Congo or of countries in Central America.

I would say that the way to formulate it is that the Canadian Elite see the world and profit from the world in a very similar way to the US Elite. Yes, there are times when the Trump administration, or the Obama administration before that, puts pressure on Canada to go in a certain direction. I think you see that, especially in military policy the US has constantly pushing Canada to increase its military spending, pushing Canada to engage in different foreign Wars or foreign missions, but there are elements to, Canadian structural elements to Canadian economic and political life that pushed Canada towards a belligerent policy abroad that had nothing to do with the pressure from Washington.

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Bob Rae Named New Canada Ambassador To The United Nations

https://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/bob-rae-named-new-canadian-ambassador-to...

"Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is naming Bob Rae as Canada's new ambassador to the United Nations..."

Israel will be pleased.

NDPP

Engler: New UN Ambassador Bob Rae Pushes Pro-US, Militarist and Anti-Palestinian Positions

https://yvesengler.com/2020/07/06/new-un-ambassador-bob-rae-pushes-pro-u...

"...But it is on Palestinian rights that Rae has shown himself to be most hostile to human rights and democracy...The appointment of Rae to replace Blanchard suggests Trudeau is ignoring calls for a review of Canadian foreign policy after the UN Security Council defeat."

USrael uber alles will continue as the central rotten plank of our slaphead Canadian foreign policy.

NDPP

JNF Toronto

https://www.facebook.com/jnftoronto/photos/a.376200787464/10156207747497...

"Congratulations to the honorable Bob Rae who was recently named Canadian ambassador to the United Nations."

 

A History of the Jewish National Fund

http://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.com/2020/07/a-history-of-jewish-nationa...

"The JNF's sordid history: Tower and stockades, forests and Jim Crow vetting communities. This is the expanded text of a talk I gave to the 'Stop the JNF Campaign' webinar on Saturday, 4 July, 2020. The video can be watched below. The Jewish National Fund rightly presents itself as the most venerable of the Zionist institutions...."

 

What would you do if a foreign lobby captured your government? Most Canadians do nothing at all.