The G7 leaders will be in La Malbaie, Quebec in the Charlevoix area of central Quebec on Friday and Saturday for the G7 summit. The economic cabinet members met in Whistler, BC last week. This will be the 6th time Canada has hosted the G7 summit since 1981.
Stephen Harper hosted the G7 summit in Huntsville, Ontario in 2010. Jean Chrétien hosted the 2002 G7 summit in Kananaskis, Alberta. Canada has the G7 presidency for 2018.
The meeting comes on the heels of the steel and aluminum tariffs from Donald Trump. The press will point out that this will be Trump's first trip to Canada, but summits are not considered official state visits. Parlez-vous Francaise?
The visit comes on the heels of finding out in a May 25 conversation that Trump thought Canada burned down the White House in 1814 in the War of 1812. The ignorance is bad enough but the response was why Canada could be a "national security" threat. If you aren't sure, the burning came 53 years before Canada existed.
The tariffs against Canada and the proposed tariffs response will also have a significant impact on today's Ontario election. Ontario is a large economic force in North America. The province is also intertwined with the ongoing NAFTA negotiations.
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has said as much that she will not remain as premier of the province. The new premier will be elected later today and will have to cope with a lot before they are even sworn in as the next premier.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has 5 themes for the G7 summit.
- Investing in growth that works for everyone
- Preparing for jobs of the future
- Advancing gender equality and women's empowerment
- Working together on climate change, oceans and clean energy
- Building a more peaceful and secure world
Mexico has been to previous G7 summits as a guest, including France (2003) and Scotland (2005), but will not be at the 2018 G7 summit. The European Union will be well represented at the event. Prime Minister Trudeau did invite 12 other countries to the 2018 G7 summit: Argentina; Bangladesh; Haiti; Jamaica; Kenya; Marshall Islands; Norway; Rwanda; Senegal; Seychelles; South Africa; and Vietnam.
For the Ontario election, you can track the results on CBC Radio One through the radio or the CBC Radio app. You can watch the results online through cbcnews.ca or through CBC News Network and CTV News Channel. CBC viewers watching on Ontario stations will still see Game 5 of the Stanley Cup playoffs, which will also air on Rogers Sportsnet. The polls close in Ontario at 9 pm Eastern time (portions of western Ontario west of Thunder Bay are in the Central Time Zone).
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