"Canada is back" has been the back-slapping boast at the core of Stephen Harper's foreign-policy "messaging". Seconded with seal-like sedulousness by uncritical Harper-boosters like Jack Granatstein, this risible propaganda seeks to convince us that the CPC has overturned a decade of hidebound Liberal timorousness by striding confidently around the globe gifting the benighted masses with the gold bullion of "Canadian values" (the very values Harper routinely vituperated before the Prime Ministership made a dishonest man of him).
Sadly, the global community is not impressed. Now we hear
that Canada will probably withdraw its bid for a seat on the Security Council before suffering the ignominy of a defeat. Germany, apparently, has a lock on the vote, and many Canadian officials would prefer to run away with their tails between their legs rather than undergo the humiliation of a public loss.
I cherish the irony that, while we were told by pro-American, pro-GWOT jihadists that gluing ourselves to the American foreign-policy hip was an absolute pre-condition for assuring Canadian global "relevance", a nation that has taken an utterly neutralist position on Iraq, Afghanistan and the GWOT in general will almost certainly waltz right by us and into the Security Council. I guess the UN sees no reason to vote a rotating seat to a branch-plant of a nation with a permanent seat. Who can blame them? Would we expect them to hand over a seat to Texas or California? It just doesn't pay to be a geo-political redundancy.
We lost our self-respect a long time ago, but we somehow managed to retain the respect of others. Clearly, that is changing, and not before time.