The international gaze will focus, in particular, on U.S. president Donald Trump, whose unilateral policies on trade, climate change and migration make him the odd man out. British Prime Minister Theresa May will also be closely watched as she searches for new trade deals with G7 countries as her "Brexit" deadline approaches. The French President Emmanuel Macron, meanwhile, will likely use his good personal relationship with Trump to seek solutions all other G7 partners want. Also arriving will be Germany's veteran Chancellor Angela Merkel, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Italy's Prime Minister and the European Union's Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Junker.
Held in the Charlevoix region of Quebec, the summit will take place amidst growing populism, protectionism, provincialism and urgent global threats led by the use of chemical weapons in Syria, North Korean nuclear and missile proliferation, Russian attacks and relentless climate change.
Trudeau has fixed a range of goals ahead of the international meeting. These span creating growth which works for everyone, preparing for jobs of the future, advancing gender equality and cooperation on climate change and the environment. The fifth priority, building a more peaceful and secure world, addresses the use of chemical weapons in Europe and Syria; nuclear and missile proliferation in North Korea; regional security risks in Ukraine, the Baltic states, the Middle East, North Africa, Venezuela and Asia; terrorism; crime and corruption; and violations of democracy and human rights.