The Basics: The United Nations was formed in 1945, at the end of World War II. There were 51 member countries. Harry S. Truman was President of the USA and the UN's home was established in New York City. The goal of the United Nations is world peace and security. The Security Council is the power center of the UN. It has five permanent members, the "big" winners of WWII: the USA, France, the UK, Russia, and China. On a rotational basis, other countries are elected by all 193 members of the UN General Assembly to occupy temporary, 2-year positions in the Security Council. There are currently 10 temporary (non-permanent, 2-year) positions in the Security Council. The permanent members have remained the same since 1945. The non-permanent positions are elected on a geographical basis, so Canada was competing against Ireland and Norway in what is known as the "Weog block" (Western Europe and Others). In the 2020, three-country competition for two Secu
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Canola matters! Watching CPAC the other day I was taken aback to read the caption that 250,000 Canadians, including 43,000 farmers, make their incomes from the sale of canola. (See https://www.canolacouncil.org/markets-stats/industry-overview/ for more.) 40% of Canada's canola is sold to China. China is currently blocking all imports of Canadian canola on the grounds that it contains contaminants. (Remember when George W. Bush blocked the importation of Canadian beef for two years? I actually know some Canadian beef producers who went bankrupt as a result.) An exercise in futility In Canada the common presumption is that the Chinese blockade is retaliation for the fact that we continue to hold Sabrina Meng Wanzhou, the Huawei CFO, under house arrest pending extradition. This Chinese retaliation is outrageous, unfair, unjust; therefore, it's time for all of us Canadians to get together and scream and howl and whine and throw tantrums at one another. Feel better?