Canada not campaigning for UN security council seat in 2014: Baird

OTTAWA – The foreign affairs minister says Canada won’t be mounting a new campaign for a spot on the United Nations security council.

John Baird says Canada is focusing on other priorities.

In 2010, Canada was trounced by Portugal in 2010 for the second of two temporary two-year, non-veto-wielding seats on the UN’s top body.

It was the first time in the six-decade history of the UN that Canada failed to win a seat for which it made a bid.

New Democrat Foreign Affairs critic Paul Dewar had asked Baird at a Commons committee on Tuesday about a campaign for the security council seat in 2014.

However, it’s not clear how Canada could have made a bid, since the spots opening up for 2014 are designated for countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America.