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The Group of Eight (G8). By: Ryon, Uzzi. T he G8 was formed in 1975 The G8 is made up of the 8 th wealthiest countries Canada, Italy, Germany, Japan, United States, United Kingdom, Russia and the European Union

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what is the g8

The G8 was formed in 1975

  • The G8 is made up of the 8th wealthiest countries

Canada, Italy, Germany, Japan, United States, United Kingdom, Russia and the European Union

  • Is was originally called the Group of 6 but with the addition of Canada(1976) and Russia(1998) it became the G8
  • The European Union is represented but they do not host summit meetings
What is the G8 ?

G8 represent about 14% of the world population, but they represent about 60% of the gross world products

  • 72% of the world's total military expenditures
  • United Kingdom, United States, France and Russia, together account for 96% of the worlds nuclear weapons
initial purpose of the g8

The leaders of the world’s eight wealthiest countries meet every year, this is called the G8 Summit

  • The leaders include Prime Minster Stephen Harper (Canada), President Barack Obama (U.S.A), Prime Minster David Cameron (U.K), Prime Minster Shinzo Abe (Japan), Prime Minster Enrico Letta (Italy), President FranciosHollande (France), President Vladimir Putin (Russia) and Chancellor Angela Merkel (Germany)
Initial Purpose of the G8
initial purpose of the g81

The G8 Summits are held to discuss the world’s issues such as:


Law enforcement


Economic and Social Development


Foreign affairs




Initial Purpose of the G8
current issues

The 2013 G8 summit was hosted by the United Kingdom on June 17th&18th and was held in Northern Ireland

  • The main topics that were planned to be discussed was tax evasion and transparency
  • Due to the current Syrian civil war the discussion was shifted towards the war
  • The G8 leaders agreed on a seven- point plan on Syria after much debate
  • Other agreement that were made included a way to automate tax information sharing, new rules for mining companies
  • The U.S and the European Union also agreed to being talks on a broad trade agreement
Current Issues
canada s role

Canada is not a foremost power in the G8

- The United States, Japan, and Germany ( The big 3)

  • Canada has been able to play an active role in the G8

- Leadership role in economy crisis

- North-South Relations

- Intellectual Leadership

  • Canadian leadership during the Asian financial crisis(including Japan) had a large impact on the global economy and Canada status in the world
Canada’s Role
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