why isn't canada on the united nations security council?

The five permanent council members are the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia and Japan. why not canada?

Update:

i know canada was on the security council, in the past, on a temporary basis, as were many other countries, but given canada's contributions during the second world war, you would think canada would be a permanent member? but perhaps not, given our limited defense potential, and our dependence, defense wise, on our neighbour to the south. and maybe too, canada is not as important a country, internationally, as some of us would like to think.

Update 2:

i know canada was on the security council, in the past, on a temporary basis, as were many other countries, but given canada's contributions during the second world war, you would think canada would be a permanent member? but perhaps not, given our limited defense potential, and our dependence, defense wise, on our neighbour to the south. and maybe too, canada is not as important a country, internationally, as some of us would like to think.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Because Britain's spot included everyone that was or had been a member of the Commonwealth, like Canada. So, you were represented through the British. My guess anyway.

  • 1 decade ago

    "Ski" is exactly right, and "Nit.." is close. There are five permanent members (victors in WWII) and 10 elected ones. The elected ones serve for two years, not one. The elected members work hard years in advance to get those spots, and all sorts of considerations are involved, including regional representation. The Council chairmanship rotates monthly among the members, so that's an extra opportunity to exercise some influence too.

    Canada was last on the Council 8-9 years ago. I remember Canada taking an important role in exposing the "blood diamonds" or "conflict diamonds" problem that is better understood today. The ambassador made it a personal priority, which I really admired. You can check the website for the Canadian Mission to the UN and the Security Council's website for more info about their role.

    Source(s): Former non-governmental representative to the UN http://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/prmny-mponu/m... http://www.un.org/sc/members.asp -- You can pull up Canada's years of membership from this page
  • "Ski"
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    The five permanent members of the UN Security Council are China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, and United States...not Japan.

    The reasons are simple; They were the victors in World War II and they were the five most powerful nations in the world at that time. No UN military action (which is what the UNSC does) is even possible if those five don't agree. It would be useless for the UN to even attempt a military action against one of those five. This is a recognition of pure military power - plain and simple.

    Canada is a decent country, home to a great people. But Cananda is not a permanent member of the UNSC because it's not a military power. Canada is, however, very active in other aspects of the UN.

    (Which is too bad. Such a great people should know better.)

  • 6 years ago

    too say that canada is a nonentity outside of north america is extrememly uninformed. canada has given more humanitarian aid and recovery funds in asia and african than most of the current non permanent members of the security council as well as one or two permanent members. we were in fact a non permanent member at one point but decided too go our own way afer not being reinstated. We have payed major roles in every war from the boar war too present day afghanistan and iraq(second largest contributor in ww1 and 4th largest in ww2, also 4th largest in afghanistan and are one of the few countries active in iraq right now) and are one of the members of nato and the g8. we are a major player is most political debates around the world and contribute too a large portion of the worlds trade. france and the U.S in particular have asked canada on more than one occasion to come back too the U.N security council, but our government has chosen not too, for whatever reason. that's there business. I wish people would actually bother too research thier idea before just making statements like "canada is a virtual nonentity outside of the north american continent" lol it's just so far from being anywhere remotely close to true.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Check your facts... Canada HAS been on the Security Council, although on a temporary basis in the past.

    You might also want to look up what he purpose of the Security Council is: it is not, repeat not, for every nation or every medium-sized nation. Is for the larger countries and for a few representatives of small and medium countries, with the latter placed there on and a rotating basis.

  • 4 years ago

    Canada is between the few countries that had were given itself elected as (short-term) member of the protection council 12 circumstances. She has been lively contained in the Council and contained in the events of the UN.

  • 1 decade ago

    Because the security council is reserved for countries that are world powers.

    Sad to say, but Canada is a virtual nonentity outside of the North American continent.

  • 1 decade ago

    The UNSC is composed of 15 members, 5 permanent (US, UK, China, France, Russia) and 10 "elected" members. The elected members are chosen at random nd serve for I believe one year and are then dismissed for 10 other nations.

    Source(s): 2 years on internationally recognized Model UN team
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  • 1 decade ago

    Go ask Canada Dept of Foreign affairs at www.dfait.gc.ca or ask the pm at www.pm.gc.ca

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