What’s on the agenda for G8/G20?

China
Prior to the G8, Prime Minister Harper will hold bilateral with President Hu from China on June 24th who is in Canada for a state visit. The visit will mark 40 years of diplomatic relations between Canada and China. Bilateral trade now stands at $50 Billion between the two countries. It is expected that PM Harper will raise the importance of China’s role in helping to bring stability and security to the Korean peninsula as one of the few nations that talks to North Korea and as a permanent member nation of the UN security council.

India
On June 27th, PM Harper will host bilateral with Indian PM Singh in Toronto. PM Harper will look to build upon agreements signed during last meeting in India which addressed economic partnership and energy cooperation.

Focus of the G8 for the government of Canada:
– focus on achieving 2015 United Nations Millennium Development Goals (halving extreme poverty levels, cutting the spread of HIV/AIDS)
– nuclear non-proliferation and continuing work achieved at non-proliferation treaty review conference in NYC and Nuclear Security Summit in DC. Focus specifically on keeping nuclear arms out of the hands of terrorists.
– Recognition that Iran and North Korea continue to pose threats to global security.
– International cooperation on fighting Latin American, Caribbean, West African and Asian transnational criminal networks.
– Muskoka Initiative on maternal, newborn and child health.
– Progress in Afghanistan, in Pakistan and in the Middle East on combatting terrorism and its link to organized crime and drug trafficking
– G8 leaders will join seven African leaders as well as the leaders of Colombia, Haiti and Jamaica in order to discuss the interlinkages of crime and terror networks.

G20 priorities for Canada:
– G20 should restore public finance while maintaining economic growth in order to achieve global economic recovery.
– Canada implores G20 nations to tackle fiscal consolidation, reduce debt, reduce deficits and for countries to return to balanced budgets
– address root causes of global economic crisis
– fully implement stimulus plans
– prepare fiscal consolidation measures
– resist protectionism
– promote open markets
– continue reforms to financial and regulatory systems
– continue governance reforms to international financial institutions and multilateral development banks
– call upon the international financial institutions and multilateral development banks

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  • JJ

    I feel like Harper “[raising] the importance of China‚Äôs role in helping to bring stability and security to the Korean peninsula” is redundant. China has thousands of years of history with the Korean peninsula and knows much more about the whole “North Korea” situation than Canada does, so it seems silly and borderline arrogant for Harper to bring this up. Of course China wants stability for North Korea for obvious reasons like the refugees issues.

    Furthermore, Harper has in the past been critical of China's human rights record. Why is this same standard not applied to other countries like India? For example, you uses the terms “economic partnership and energy cooperation” to described the cooperation between Canada and India. However, how come Harper has not brought up India's persecution of Christians and other religious minorities as well as its horrific caste system (where Dalits are considered untouchables)? I am always irked by the fact that many Western leaders apply different human rights standards to different countries. Either you criticize all countries of poor human rights or you strictly maintain a trading relationship with them.

    I am a Conservative supporter and active volunteer, but Harper could definitely polish up the foreign affairs department.

  • http://www.stephentaylor.ca Stephen Taylor

    This is a mix of my own expectations of what will be raised given history of china-canada discussions and the current geopolitical situation re:korea and what was expressed in a briefing on the G8/G20 by the prime minister's office.

    Perhaps it is my ignorance, or maybe I've framed it too simplistically in this summary format.

  • Dirtlane

    Can blogging Tories set up a section with media links from around the globe during the summits? I doubt CBC or CTV will report any actual news that makes Harper look good in fact I doubt they'll send reporters to cover the story at all? It would be nice to know what is going on in Canada via a Canadian news medium but it appears they can't be bothered to report on the events. Well fake lake seems to be the only thing they can snivel about.

  • http://www.stephentaylor.ca Stephen Taylor

    Apparently, the big news from fakelake right now is that there's no wifi!

    The Prime Minister should drop everything and take care of this so the press can tweet about fakelake!

  • The_Iceman

    The benefit to Canada hosting the Summits is that we get to set the agenda. I'm sure the media will blame the Prime Minister for protestors disrupting civilian life. It is the PM's fault that all these clowns are so eager to block traffic. I support the right to assemble in protest, but stay in the park where you gathered; once they pour out into the streets to raise Hell, they should get the water cannon…

  • Mthiele

    Am I the only one getting very tired of the lies being spewed by Holland re summit costs. I hope someone is going to blog on the Steamship rebuilding, for the 100th anniversary of Toronto, later this year. Why has no one in the media called him on it, are they all that ignorant.
    Maybe, after the summits, someone will write about all the lies liberals have been spouting, and hopefully holland will be soundly defeated in the next election.

  • Mthiele

    Am I the only one getting very tired of the lies being spewed by Holland re summit costs. I hope someone is going to blog on the Steamship rebuilding, for the 100th anniversary of Toronto, later this year. Why has no one in the media called him on it, are they all that ignorant.
    Maybe, after the summits, someone will write about all the lies liberals have been spouting, and hopefully holland will be soundly defeated in the next election.

  • Liz J

    “Fake lake”, “fake lake”, “fake lake”, “culture of deceit”, “laisez faire, I don't care”, the opposition really go for the jingles assuming we the people don't have the mental capacity to figure out what they're up to.

    It's time Mark Holland et al put the kiddie stuff to bed and move on to some adult discussion, assuming they're capable, the facts are getting through, they'll be looking even more foolish, if that's possible.
    They certainly are not interested in what's being discussed at the G8/G20 summits, they're only interested in what's in and around the perimeters, a few visuals, no substance.

  • kenn2

    The benefit to Canada is that we get to spend $1.2B to inconvenience about 2 million people for a couple of weeks and force a few thousand businesses to close or curtail their activities. Oh wait, those aren't benefits.

    OK – the benefit is that if you're a cop you'll be pulling some magnificent overtime, and sporting the heavy hardware for a change. There. That's positive, innit?

    No other G8 or G20 security arrangement cost more than a third of the $1.2B that's being spent on this one. Why do we suck at this stuff? Why couldn't we host this in an easier to control venue, somewhere other than the core of Canada's biggest city? The world's great cities must be snickering at us about now.

    It is true that in other countries, protesters show more restraint. China, North Korea, Iran… (hint – if you don't see protesters, you're not in a democratic country)