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G20 in Canada in late-June

CTV reports that, “In addition to next year’s G8 meeting in Huntsville, Ont., Canada will also host a G20 meeting, which will be co-chaired with South Korea”

Significantly, the report notes that, “The G8 will now only focus on security and non-economic issues.”

In terms of date and location, “The G8 leaders are likely to meet first, in a smaller group, one day before the larger G20 meeting. Harper will have to decide whether Huntsville, a town located in Ontario’s cottage country more than two hours north of Toronto, can play host to both the scheduled G8 meeting, and the G20 event. The G8 is scheduled to meet June 25 to 27.”

The G-20 consists of Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the European Union.

To read Council of Canadians trade campaigner Stuart Trew’s recent blog, ‘G8 to become G20 but economic, environmental solutions still fall flat’, please go to
http://canadians.org/tradeblog/?p=407.

He writes, “Numerous groups are protesting the Pittsburgh summit on the grounds that the G20 leaders are not doing enough to regulate the global economy in the interests of people and the environment but by reinforcing institutions like the International Monetary Fund with new money and new powers when it is the ideology behind these institutions – free markets, deregulation, privatization – that needs changing.”

The CTV report is at http://ctv.qwapi.com/site?t=AmwxrzlviaBKpw2dqYhRbg&sid=ctv.