OTTAWA – Prime Minister Stephen Harper may be squandering a critical chance to campaign for a seat on the United Nations Security Council in order to rush back to Ottawa to vote against the long-gun registry, a Liberal MP suggested Tuesday.

A former Canadian ambassador to the U.N., though, says Harper’s day-long absence from New York to attend a vote on the controversial long-gun registry may have little impact. But Paul Heinbecker, now a distinguished fellow at the Waterloo, Ont.-based Centre for International Governance Innovation, said criticisms of Canada’s commitment to helping the world’s poorest have made Canada’s fight to win...

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