The next issue that will be discussed is one of foreign policy. Likely most Canadians, along with most people around the world, know in some form what the United Nations is. Most have some ideas and opinions about it and what it does; therefore, the question is should Canada maintain a presence within the United Nations and if so, how much?
The United Nations was created in 1945 and is an international organization that promotes cooperation between almost all countries of the world and was a replacement organization for the League of Nations. The U.N. was originally designed to prevent another conflict on the scale of World War II, but has gone on to invest time and resources into objectives such as humanitarian aid, social and economic development, as well as protecting human rights and the environment.
Canada has historically been known as a peacekeeping nation, giving millions of dollars to the U.N. per year to help those hit by natural disasters, famine, and other such events around the world. As a founding member of the United Nations, I believe it is important to most Canadians that, because of our wealth and our relative social and economic stability, we continue to help those who are not as fortunate as we are to be born in a country such as this. It is not the fault of a human to be born into a broken family or impoverished country; therefore we must do what we can to improve their standard of living and give them a better quality of life.
For the most part, I believe Canada should do what it can for international ventures with the U.N. without sacrificing its resources that could be used on a national level. Each country should first be sure that its own people are taken care of and then proceed to help others; a nation that is not stable in its own right cannot hope to help another become stable itself effectively. The United Nations itself should be run by those humans with a high level of integrity, free of corruption and without a self-serving agenda; the U.N. in general should only be in place for such a time as it remains effective.