United Nations Security CouncilPublished on 7 March 2017 Hansard and Statements by Senator Dennis Dawson
Hon. Dennis Dawson:
First of all, Madam Minister, I would like to congratulate you on your appointment.
I thought I saw something missing from your mandate letter, namely Canada’s bid for a seat on the United Nations Security Council.
Since you are in a good mood for asking senators for cooperation, you have people in this room who have parliamentary association experience for 100 years, very good relationships with leaders of governments all over the world including Canada-U.S., IPU, — l’APF, Canada-Japan, Canada- China, Canada-Africa. Anybody else want to be mentioned? Canada-France.
You have parliamentarians in this room who can help promote Canada’s bid. It hasn’t often been done in the past, but it might be a good idea for you to give the team responsible for Canada’s UN Security Council bid the mandate to speak with the parliamentary associations that will be travelling over the next 18 months. Those associations could send a clear message regarding Canada’s bid. Asking for help from both sides of the chamber will improve our chances of success. Since you are offering yourself for the United States, I am offering senators for the rest of the world.
Hon. Chrystia Freeland, P.C., M.P, Minister of Foreign Affairs: Thank you. I had a very productive meeting last week with our wonderful ambassador to the United Nations, Marc-André Blanchard. We talked about another campaign to win a seat on the Security Council. Marc-André is doing an excellent job. He is very organized. He is both a businessman and a politician, and he presented a very detailed plan that is similar to an election campaign.
He is very skilled in politics, which is important. He has a very detailed plan for our bid. That said, I think yours is an excellent idea. I will speak with Mr. Blanchard and suggest it to him. It will be a rather long campaign, so we have time to combine all of our strengths. Thank you for the idea.