In less than three months, the city of La Malbaie — with a population of over 8000, will host the 2018 G7 summit. Security preparations are already underway in the Charlevoix region.
The G7 meetings will also mark President Donald Trump’s first visit to Canada.
The first weekend in June, world leaders will fly into the military base in Bagotville where, weather permitting, they’ll be transported by helicopter to the summit at the Manoir Richelieu in La Malbaie.
The region is known for its ski hills, local artisanal cuisine and hospitality, as well as its beautiful landscapes.
“Charlevoix is really an example of how economic growth can marry itself very, very well with the beautiful environment that we’re so known for in Canada,” said Alexandra Young, director of communications for the G7 summit management office.
“It was very important for the prime minister to host his counterparts in a location like Charlevoix because it’s just so stunning,” she said.
Bringing together world leaders from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and Japan for a two-day summit will have taken nine months of planning and 55 pre-meetings with representatives from the G7 countries.
“So it really is a collaboration between the G7 countries, the European Union and the European Commission in advance of the summit and of course, hearing what Canadians and people around the world have to say, and all of that feeds into the content for the leaders’ discussion,” Young said, adding the summit management committee has already started eliciting feedback from Canadians through its website.
The summit meetings will be broken into five themes, which include climate change, peace and security, gender equality, jobs for the future and investing in growth.
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