Canada loses U.N. Security Council election in blow to Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau vouched for Canada since 2015.

Canada lost its high-profile bid for a seat on the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday in a major blow to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who for years advocated for spot on the ruling body.

U.N. Security Council.

Ottawa’s loss was in the first round of secret ballot voting carried out in the General Assembly meeting hall. The government of Mr. Trudeau’s predecessor, Stephen Harper, lost a bid for the seat in 2010.

It was a three-way race. Ireland and Norway will take the two available seats for a two-year term on the Security Council.

When Mr. Trudeau took power in 2015, his Liberal government declared its candidacy in the race for the two seats.