Columnist Doug Saunders writes in the Globe and Mail today that Canadian diplomats "are under orders to have a top priority: the October, 2010, elections for the United Nations Security Council."
CANADA IN RACE AGAINST PORTUGAL FOR UN SECURITY COUNCIL SEAT "Canada is in a tight race with Portugal and Germany for two of the two-year seats on the 15-member council. If we win one, we get a vote on major world military and justice matters from 2011 to 2012. Germany is considered a sure winner, so we're up against Portugal for the second seat. This odd battle, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has decided, is our top international concern."
LOBBYING FOR UN SEAT AT THE 2010 OLYMPICS "In fact, there is a detailed plan to use the 2010 Winter Olympics in British Columbia as a central lobbying event for the UN vote, each country attending the Games being assigned a targeted strategy, an intelligence file and a platoon of fluffers."