Bid For Seat On The UN Security Council
On October 12, 2010, a vote was held for temporary seats on the UN Security Council. Canada contested for one of two seats against Portugal and Germany. Germany won a seat in the first round. Canada's vote declined significantly in the second round and it withdrew from contention giving the seat to Portugal.
It was the first time in the history of the UN that Canada has sought a seat and lost. The opposition Liberal and New Democratic parties blamed Harper's foreign policy, particularly as it relates to the environment, for the loss. Independent observers also cited the Harper government's lopsided support for Israel.
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