Bravo, Canada - Wall Street Journal

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    Oct 20, 2010 10:00 PM GMT
    Thought you guys in Canada would be interested in this from today's Wall Street Journal Opinion Section

    Bravo, Canada - A U.N. snub is a badge of honor

    Life must be very good in Canada, or at least dull, judging by the domestic reaction to its failed bid last week for a temporary seat on the U.N. Security Council. Listen to the yowls in the papers north of the border: "A nation reeling," "humiliating defeat," "a rebuke from the global community," "tarnishes our reputation," "a slap in the face."

    We say: Way to go. Canada seems to have annoyed a sufficient number of Third World dictators and liberally pious Westerners to come up short in a secret General Assembly ballot. The sins committed by Stephen Harper's Conservative government include staunch support for Israel, skepticism about cap-and-trade global warming schemes, and long-standing commitment to the Afghan war. Americans would be so lucky to get a leader as steadfast on those issues as the Canadian Prime Minister.

    The United Arab Emirates took credit for putting together a group of anti-Canadian Arab and Islamic states to stop the bid for the two-year rotating chair. The UAE also has a beef with Ottawa over landing rights for Emirates Airlines going into Canada.

    The U.S. role here is also embarrassing—to the U.S. Richard Grenell, a former senior official at the U.S. Mission to the U.N., reported last week that America's U.N. ambassador, Susan Rice, refused to campaign on Canada's behalf. Mr. Harper's politics are not hers, and Liberal opposition leader and Obama political soulmate, Michael Ignatieff, declared last month that Canada under Mr. Harper didn't deserve to get one of the 10 temporary seats.

    The farcical nature of all this was made clear when the Canadians lost to Portugal, which—with all due respect to the memory of Vasco da Gama—is no global titan. This small and economically hobbled Iberian country will now hold one of two temporary spots reserved for Western bloc states. Germany was assured the other.

    Canada, on the other hand, is a serious country. Under Mr. Harper's leadership, Canada has avoided the worst of the global recession and emerged with a vibrant banking system and strong currency (now trading near parity to the U.S. dollar). The courage of its soldiers in Afghanistan, and in other missions, is testament to a nation that honors its commitments. Canadians should wear the U.N. snub as a badge of honor.
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    Oct 20, 2010 11:02 PM GMT
    Aw shucks John, we're just plain old folk (shuffling logging boot in dirt)....Keithicon_cool.gif
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    Oct 21, 2010 12:34 AM GMT
    socalfitness saidThought you guys in Canada would be interested in this from today's Wall Street Journal Opinion Section

    Bravo, Canada - A U.N. snub is a badge of honor

    Life must be very good in Canada, or at least dull, judging by the domestic reaction to its failed bid last week for a temporary seat on the U.N. Security Council. Listen to the yowls in the papers north of the border: "A nation reeling," "humiliating defeat," "a rebuke from the global community," "tarnishes our reputation," "a slap in the face."

    We say: Way to go. Canada seems to have annoyed a sufficient number of Third World dictators and liberally pious Westerners to come up short in a secret General Assembly ballot. The sins committed by Stephen Harper's Conservative government include staunch support for Israel, skepticism about cap-and-trade global warming schemes, and long-standing commitment to the Afghan war. Americans would be so lucky to get a leader as steadfast on those issues as the Canadian Prime Minister.

    The United Arab Emirates took credit for putting together a group of anti-Canadian Arab and Islamic states to stop the bid for the two-year rotating chair. The UAE also has a beef with Ottawa over landing rights for Emirates Airlines going into Canada.

    The U.S. role here is also embarrassing—to the U.S. Richard Grenell, a former senior official at the U.S. Mission to the U.N., reported last week that America's U.N. ambassador, Susan Rice, refused to campaign on Canada's behalf. Mr. Harper's politics are not hers, and Liberal opposition leader and Obama political soulmate, Michael Ignatieff, declared last month that Canada under Mr. Harper didn't deserve to get one of the 10 temporary seats.

    The farcical nature of all this was made clear when the Canadians lost to Portugal, which—with all due respect to the memory of Vasco da Gama—is no global titan. This small and economically hobbled Iberian country will now hold one of two temporary spots reserved for Western bloc states. Germany was assured the other.

    Canada, on the other hand, is a serious country. Under Mr. Harper's leadership, Canada has avoided the worst of the global recession and emerged with a vibrant banking system and strong currency (now trading near parity to the U.S. dollar). The courage of its soldiers in Afghanistan, and in other missions, is testament to a nation that honors its commitments. Canadians should wear the U.N. snub as a badge of honor.

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    Oct 21, 2010 1:35 AM GMT
    I think Harper's a shame. And his party too. Come on, Canada kicked out of the security council ?

    We've been there for 60 years, we've always been recognized for our peace initiative, for the blue helmets and shit... Now, what ? Thanks Mr Harper for screwing Canada's international reputation in so little time. What's next ?

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    Oct 21, 2010 3:54 AM GMT
    Disasterpiece saidI think Harper's a shame. And his party too. Come on, Canada kicked out of the security council ?

    We've been there for 60 years, we've always been recognized for our peace initiative, for the blue helmets and shit... Now, what ? Thanks Mr Harper for screwing Canada's international reputation in so little time. What's next ?



    Canada has only been a periodic member of the UN Security Council, serving the following two-year terms:

    1948-1949
    1958-1959
    1967-1968
    1977-1978
    1989-1990
    1999-2000

    Source: http://www.un.org/sc/searchres_sc_members_english.asp?sc_members=70
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    Oct 21, 2010 4:12 AM GMT
    DCguy1999 said
    Disasterpiece saidI think Harper's a shame. And his party too. Come on, Canada kicked out of the security council ?

    We've been there for 60 years, we've always been recognized for our peace initiative, for the blue helmets and shit... Now, what ? Thanks Mr Harper for screwing Canada's international reputation in so little time. What's next ?



    Canada has only been a periodic member of the UN Security Council, serving the following two-year terms:

    1948-1949
    1958-1959
    1967-1968
    1977-1978
    1989-1990
    1999-2000

    Source: http://www.un.org/sc/searchres_sc_members_english.asp?sc_members=70


    Sorry, I wasn't talking about 60 ongoing years, I should've been more specific. I was referring to our first admission in 1948. From then, it was almost taken as given that Canada would take seat in the UN security council once every decade. Last time was 1999-2000. 2010 was supposed to be the 7th presence of Canada in the UN security council. Instead, we were kicked out.
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    Oct 21, 2010 5:58 AM GMT
    Well that WSJ article was heavily slanted...
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    Oct 21, 2010 6:07 AM GMT
    If the Wall Street Journal loves him so much, they can have him. We'll ship him via Canada Post. He should arrive next year.
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    Oct 21, 2010 6:10 AM GMT
    outdoorathlete saidIf the Wall Street Journal loves him so much, they can have him. We'll ship him via Canada Post. He should arrive next year.


    Bahahaha!

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    Oct 21, 2010 7:06 AM GMT
    Canada pays for 1/7th of the cost of UN operations. Maybe Portugal and its toadies should step up to the plate and take this cost along with the responsibility.
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    Oct 21, 2010 9:18 AM GMT
    waterman said.... Maybe Portugal and its toadies should step up to the plate and take this cost along with the responsibility.


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    Oct 21, 2010 7:09 PM GMT
    waterman saidCanada pays for 1/7th of the cost of UN operations. Maybe Portugal and its toadies should step up to the plate and take this cost along with the responsibility.

    OMG! You are sounding like Americans.
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    Oct 21, 2010 11:34 PM GMT
    outdoorathlete saidIf the Wall Street Journal loves him so much, they can have him. We'll ship him via Canada Post. He should arrive next year.


    I'd pay to have him overnighted outta here. Can't stand the sight of the man.
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    Oct 21, 2010 11:38 PM GMT
    meh...
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    Oct 21, 2010 11:38 PM GMT
    beneful1 said
    outdoorathlete saidIf the Wall Street Journal loves him so much, they can have him. We'll ship him via Canada Post. He should arrive next year.


    I'd pay to have him overnighted outta here. Can't stand the sight of the man.

    Maybe we could arrange a trade between the US and Canada. Would be win-win.
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    Oct 21, 2010 11:42 PM GMT
    beneful1 said
    outdoorathlete saidIf the Wall Street Journal loves him so much, they can have him. We'll ship him via Canada Post. He should arrive next year.


    I'd pay to have him overnighted outta here. Can't stand the sight of the man.


    Yea Canada will be glad

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    Oct 22, 2010 3:34 PM GMT
    Hmm... Curious.

    Excuse me though, I have nothing of substance to contribute.
  • waterman

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    Oct 24, 2010 8:01 AM GMT
    StudlyScrewRite said
    waterman said.... Maybe Portugal and its toadies should step up to the plate and take this cost along with the responsibility.


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    yep. you got me.