This week we've been thrown out of the country hosting our forward logistics base for our war, and have now lost for the first time in 60 years a seat on the UN Security Council.
Canada dropped out of the race because it did not have the numbers on the second ballot — 78 to Portugal's 113. A two-thirds majority is needed to win a seat.
It is the first time that Canada has failed in its bid for a Security Council seat. Canada has been on the Security Council six times, roughly once a decade, since the 1940s. The country's last term ended in 2000.
Some observers believe the Harper government's foreign policy is largely responsible for Tuesday's outcome, including its pro-Israel stance on the Middle East, cutting foreign aid to Africa, and also the move away from UN peacekeeping and toward the Afghan mission.
When, in the history of this country's international involvement has anything occurred like the events we've seen this week? Canada, fair-broker, peace-seeker, general global do-gooder, does not get kicked out of countries or lose council seats at the UN. Our foreign policy is more or less fair-minded and our reputation more or less solid.
Four years of a Stephen Harper minority government, and we're now a pariah-state.