From The Archives: On September 24, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau begins a three-day visit to the United Nations General Assembly. On the trip, he's expected to lead Canada’s campaign for a seat on the Security Council — one that Canada hasn't held since 2000.

Yves Fortier is a Canadian diplomat, trial and appellate lawyer, arbitrator and corporate director. From 1988 to 1991, Fortier was Canada's ambassador to the United Nations, a time when Canada was a member of the UN Security Council.

In this video, Fortier describes the turbulent global events that happened while he sat on the Security Council, including Nelson Mandela's release from prison as well as the fall of the Berlin Wall. Fortier also describes why Canadians, dating back to the time of Lester Pearson, have been so successful on the international stage. 

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