Article & image by Valerie Macdonald

Stopping briefly in Northumberland between working engagements in Argentina and Quebec City, MP Kim Rudd is taking part in the organizing meetings for the upcoming G20 Summit in Buenos Aires and the G7 Summit in Canada this summer.

The G20 seeks “to strengthen the contribution of trade to the world’s economies,” states its website, and this is the first time the conference of twenty world leaders will be in South America.

The G7 takes place in early June with attendees from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.

According to an announcement by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau last December, “this coming year, Canada will advance domestic and international priorities framed by the following five key themes:

  • 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; and
  • Building a more peaceful and secure world.

“In the months leading up to the Leaders’ Summit, Canada will host a series of G7 ministerial meetings that address these themes. Each of these meetings will also integrate a gender-based analysis and will include a focus on gender equality and women’s empowerment.”

Rudd, who is the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources, has already done a lot of travelling working towards the upcoming meetings.

While in Argentina, she said she worked with women in the nuclear industry as well she participated in discussions with Canadian businesses regarding energy, mining and agriculture.

In Quebec City, Rudd will be part of a panel of the “B7” dealing with energy issues. She was asked to represent Canada on the panel, she added.

According to the Prime Minister’s website on the upcoming G7 here, “the country that holds the G7 Presidency (which is Canada) sets the agenda for the year and is responsible for hosting and organizing the Leaders’ Summit, ministerial meetings, and other associated events.

This will be the sixth Leaders’ Summit hosted by Canada and the first in Quebec since 1981.”