UN Security Council Failure Is Canada’s “Hindenburg Moment”

Media Release
For Immediate Release
October 12, 2010

(Ottawa) Our failure to win a UN Security Council seat is Canada’s “Hindenburg moment.”

Canadians pride themselves on our global role, but Canada’s dismal performance on climate change, foreign aid, peacekeeping, asbestos, reproductive rights, and the Middle East has taken a heavy toll.

“We can’t get a Security Council seat from Tim Hortons,” remarked Steven Staples, President of the Rideau Institute, recalling Stephen Harper’s choice to attend an Oakville opening of a coffee shop rather than to deliver a major speech at the United Nations last year.

“Prime Minister Stephen Harper may regret snubbing the UN for so long.  Now we know if you ignore the world long enough – it will eventually notice,” added Staples.

Canadians are now faced with a choice, he said. “We can continue down the road toward international irrelevance, or we can change course, rebuild and start taking our international responsibilities seriously again.”

– 30 –

For information, contact Steven Staples, President, Rideau Institute,
t. 613 565-9449 ext. 24, c. 613 290-2695, e.sstaples@rideauinstitute.ca

Read More


Leave a Reply




Colombia peace deal shows power of mediation

On August 24, 2016 an historic peace deal was reached between the FARC rebels and the government of Colombia, after four years of secret negotiations. The five-decade-long conflict, rooted in Colombia’s unique land distribution and political exclusion of large segments of the population, has killed at least 220,000 people and displaced millions. Anna Maria Tremonti, host […]

Read More
View the Blog »

Join in global efforts to abolish nuclear weapons

Rideau Institute President Peggy Mason was honoured to speak at the international conference Building a Nuclear-Weapon-Free World  in Astana, Kazakhstan ...

Peter Langille: UN peace operations need Canada’s expertise

  [caption id="attachment_6421" align="aligncenter" width="300"] .[/caption] In light of the Liberal government’s commitment to increase Canada’s participation in UN peacekeeping efforts and ...