Oct 13/10 Pt 3: UN Security Council

Canada withdrew its bid for a coveted spot on the UN security council at the last minute.  We ask what it means and whether it matters.


UN Security Council - Peter Kent

Canada yesterday abruptly ended its bid for a coveted spot on the UN Security Council. Our delegation basically conceded, at the very last minute, that it wouldn't get the necessary votes to beat out Portugal.

Up until yesterday's vote, Canada was widely expected to win the seat. So to find out what happened, we were joined by Peter Kent. He is the Minister of State for the Americas, and - along with Minister of Foreign Affairs Lawrence Cannon - he was at the UN vote yesterday in New York City. He joins us in Toronto this morning.

Links: Loss of UN Security Council seat a 'significant defeat' for Canada / At the UN Security Council, Canada's Naked Ambition Raises Hackles / Doughnuts over diplomacy / Blame game begins as Canada loses out on UN Security Council seat / Canada's UN failure cannot be blamed on Ignatieff

UN Security Council - Stephen Lewis

Stephen Lewis has been listening to our conversation with Peter Kent. He served as Canada's ambassador to the United Nations from 1984 to 1988. He also served as the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa from 2001 to 2006. Stephen Lewis was in Boston this morning.

UN Security Council - Louise Frechette

For another perspective on yesterday's UN vote, we were joined by long time Canadian diplomat Louise Frechette. She was the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1998 to 2006. She is now a distinguished fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Waterloo. We reached Louise Frechette in Montreal.

Last Word - Barney's Version

Earlier we talked about what happens to the literary legacy of an author once they've died. In particular what does it mean for family left behind... those entrusted with their literary remains.

One of the voices we heard from was Noah Richler - son of Canadian literary icon Mordecai Richler. A few years before he died in 2001, Mordecai Richler published his last novel, Barney's Version. It follows a misanthropic, politically incorrect, hard-drinking skirt-chasing TV producer named Barney Panofsky as he navigates three marriages. And the screen adaptation wasn't finished until long after Richler's death.

We ended the program today with a clip from the film, which is scheduled to open this December.

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