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Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada

Ottawa, June 20, 2010

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement upon receiving the G8 Muskoka Accountability Report:

“Last year, at the G8 Summit in L’Aquila, Italy, leaders requested a report assessing progress by the G8 in implementing our commitments.  Today, I received the G8 Muskoka Accountability Report from my Personal Representative for the G8.

“I am proud of the progress that Canada has made in meeting its G8 commitments.  We have doubled our aid to Africa and are on track to doubling our total international assistance as promised.  We are also meeting our G8 pledges to provide debt relief, fight infectious diseases, improve health systems, invest in food security and build peacekeeping capacity.  Canada’s contribution is an essential part of the G8 Muskoka Accountability Report.

“Accountability is a priority for Canada and I am pleased that this important work was completed under Canada’s leadership.  Canadians can be proud that despite a tough global economy, Canada can still work with its partners to help the world’s less fortunate and meet its development goals.

“This report will be an important topic of discussion among G8 leaders in Muskoka, and I look forward to productive talks on strengthening accountability for G8 initiatives.  If the G8 is to remain credible, accountability is absolutely necessary.”

Source: Prime Minister's Office of Canada [an error occurred while processing this directive]