Canada Loses UN Security Council Election After Schmoozing Voters At Celine Dion Concert, Spending $1.74 Million

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Canada lost its bid for a seat on the United Nations Security Council to Ireland and Norway on Wednesday after the spending nearly $1.74 million on their campaign, BBC reported.

In their attempt to garner votes, Canada took diplomats to a Céline Dion concert while Ireland treated guests to a U2 concert and river dance performances, according to Politico.

Canada spent about $1.74 million while Ireland spent $800,000. Norway out-spent both countries by dropping $2.8 million in order to secure a spot representing the “Western bloc” countries, per BBC. Until 2000, Canada had won a seat on the Security Council during each decade since the establishment of the UN. The last successful bid in 1998 cost Canada $10 million, according to CBC.

“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I would like to congratulate Norway, Ireland, India, and Mexico on their election to the United Nations (UN) Security Council, and thank all countries for engaging with Canada throughout this campaign,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement following the loss.

The National Security Council determines how the UN responds to conflicts around the world and is composed of both permanent and non-permanent members, according to BBC. Canada was competing for a non-permanent position that would be up for election again in two years. This is the second time Canada has lost a bid for a seat on the council. (RELATED: Poll: 69% Of Canadians Say ‘Right Now, Canada Is Broken’ — And Trudeau Gets The Blame)

The five permanent members are the U.S., China, Russia, the U.K. and France.