Listen Now

Matthews: Is there any consequence to Harper’s decision not to address the UN General Assembly?

By: /
27 September, 2012
By: Kyle Matthews
Executive director, Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies

It is true that not every world leader made an appearance at the UN this week, as many stayed home to manage domestic issues. The optics for Prime Minister Harper look particularly bad though because he was in New York but chose not to address the UN General Assembly. I believe the consequence of his decision will be mostly contested domestically, with critics pointing out that Canada is no longer really trying to engage the UN.

Before you click away, we’d like to ask you for a favour … 


Open Canada is published by the Canadian International Council, but that’s only the beginning of what the CIC does. Through its research and live events hosted by its 18 branches across the country, the CIC is dedicated to engaging Canadians from all walks of life in an ongoing conversation about Canada’s place in the world.

By becoming a member, you’ll be joining a community of Canadians who seek to shape Canada’s role in the world, and you’ll help Open Canada continue to publish thoughtful and provocative reporting and analysis.

Join us