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Canada spent nearly $1M lobbying for seat on UN Security Council

Diplomatic trips listed in documents introduced in the House of Commons


 

When Canada failed to earn an elected spot on the UN Security Council last fall, it seemingly wasn’t for lack of trying. The Harper government spent $884,000 sending Foreign Affairs diplomats on trips around the world to advance Canada’s bid. Some 150 trips, from the Polynesian island of Tuvalu to the Solomon Islands, were listed in documents that surfaced this week in the House of Commons. Canada also picked up the tab for several outings with foreign diplomats, including a New York Yankees game and a performance of Cirque du Soleil. The failed bid was the first time in 50 years that Canada lost out on Security Council seat—a failure some attributed to the Conservative government’s foreign policy (while the PMO pointed the finger at Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff, for not publicly supporting Canada’s candidacy).

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Canada spent nearly $1M lobbying for seat on UN Security Council

  1. The only constant is government, any governments total disregard for the taxpayers dollar.

  2. The only constant is government, any governments total disregard for the taxpayers dollar.

    • Actually I'd say the onyl constant is sheer stupidity. Yours especially.

  3. Actually I'd say the onyl constant is sheer stupidity. Yours especially.

  4. What we are doing in the UN, I do not know. We keep giving them money, doing their dirty work for them, sacrificing our soldiers, etc…. And just, exactly, WHAT do WE get out of it? NADA. I say, time we went home, and told these people to stop telling us what to do. Remember the war of 1812? Well, New York's UN building is much closer than the White House was!

  5. What we are doing in the UN, I do not know. We keep giving them money, doing their dirty work for them, sacrificing our soldiers, etc…. And just, exactly, WHAT do WE get out of it? NADA. I say, time we went home, and told these people to stop telling us what to do. Remember the war of 1812? Well, New York's UN building is much closer than the White House was!

    • A mind is a terrible thing to waste.

  6. A mind is a terrible thing to waste.

  7. "The UN was not created to take mankind to heaven, but to save humanity from hell."
    — Dag Hammarskjöld, Secretary-General from 1953 to 1961
    If the UN existed before WWI we could have avoided millions upon millions of deaths and of course WWII which was the inevitable result of WWI 's terms of reparations.
    The UN is far from perfect , look at how vetos work, the secuirty council, etc. but talking is better than shooting.

  8. "The UN was not created to take mankind to heaven, but to save humanity from hell."
    — Dag Hammarskjöld, Secretary-General from 1953 to 1961
    If the UN existed before WWI we could have avoided millions upon millions of deaths and of course WWII which was the inevitable result of WWI 's terms of reparations.
    The UN is far from perfect , look at how vetos work, the secuirty council, etc. but talking is better than shooting.

  9. Harper's only interest in lobbying the UN was to support whatever US initiatives would come up. The UN members could see that one coming.

  10. Harper's only interest in lobbying the UN was to support whatever US initiatives would come up. The UN members could see that one coming.

  11. All we have to do is make our elected officials personally responsible and accountable for the taxpayer's money that they spend and I think that we would be amazed at the change in their spending habits.

  12. All we have to do is make our elected officials personally responsible and accountable for the taxpayer's money that they spend and I think that we would be amazed at the change in their spending habits.

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