CBC reports this afternoon that, "Canada should be denied a seat on the UN Security Council until it recognizes water as a human right, a Canadian adviser to the president of the General Assembly said Tuesday."
"'It would be wonderful to see Canada on the [council] helping to address the critical global challenges of our day,' Maude Barlow, who is also chairwoman of the nationalist Council of Canadians, said in a statement. 'But if the Harper government fails to act on the global water crisis, then it simply does not deserve to take that seat.'"
"Barlow is attending the week-long World Water Forum in Istanbul, where thousands of participants, including government ministers from 120 countries, are discussing global water concerns. Securing a seat on the 15-member Security Council for the 2011-12 term is a top foreign policy priority for Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Canada is competing for the seat against Portugal and Germany, both of which have already endorsed the right to water. The election will take place in October 2010."