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Message From the Honourable Jim Flaherty,

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I am pleased to welcome G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors to Iqaluit on February 5-6. The meeting will mark the first in a series of important global gatherings that Canada will host in 2010, including the G8 and G20 Leaders’ summits in June.

Jim Flaherty And Leona Aglukkaq
Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance and Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health.

The Iqaluit encounter will feature an agenda that allows for frank and constructive dialogue—a focus not on paper and communiqués, but on people. It will provide G7 members with a unique opportunity to discuss what our countries can do to provide a collective boost to what have become truly global efforts to put this crisis behind us and ensure a sustained recovery.

The crisis first began in G7 nations and G7 countries have a collective responsibility to see our recovery efforts through. The meeting’s discussions will focus on reviewing the state of the global economy as well as a number of key issues that have been at the heart of international meetings throughout the global economic crisis, such as following through on financial sector reforms.

In 2010, Canada offers the world an unparalleled opportunity to turn the page on a global crisis and set the stage for enduring prosperity. I look forward to meeting with my colleagues this February in Canada’s North, for the start of what will no doubt be a truly historic year.

Message From the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq,

I am very pleased that the G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting will be taking place in Iqaluit, the capital of Nunavut—Canada’s newest territory.

Nunavummiut are looking forward to hosting this important meeting. G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors will get the chance to experience first-hand our community spirit, our culture and the overall beauty of winter in Nunavut.

Iqaluit, situated in the hills, overlooks Frobisher Bay. The city is the gateway to the best kept secret of the Arctic. It combines the rich traditions of the past and the conveniences of modern technology. Not only is Iqaluit the business and government centre, it is the largest community in Nunavut. There is no shortage of Inuit artists. You’ll see them in hotel lobbies and in some restaurants. You can also get a glimpse of our expansive valley. You may see some people travelling by dog team on the bay.

I’m joined by my fellow Nunavummiut in inviting you to discover the dynamics of Canada’s North and our unique culture during the G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting on February 5th and 6th.