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g8 -Welcoming Remarks for Media -Eng

g8 -Welcoming Remarks for Media -Eng

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WELCOMING REMARKSSESSION 1: EVALUATING THE ACTIVITIES OFINTERNATIONAL PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLIESSEPTEMBER 10, 2010
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Information:Heather BradleyDirector of Communications613-995-7882
 
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It is my pleasure to welcome you all to the 9th Meeting of the Speakers of theLower Houses of the G8. Welcome to Ottawa in our beautiful parliamentBuildings!I¶d like to take an opportunity to introduce the heads of delegation:
Germany
His Excellency Dr. Norbert LammertPresident of the Bundestag of the Federal Republic of Germany
United States of America
The Honourable Nancy PelosiSpeaker of the House of Representatives of the United States of America
France
His Excellency Bernard Accoyer President of the National Assembly of France
Italy
His Excellency Gianfranco FiniPresident of the Chamber of Deputies of the Italian Republic
United Kingdom
The Right Honourable John BercowSpeaker of the House of Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Japan
The Honourable Takahiro YokomichiSpeaker of the House of Representatives of Japan
European Parliament
The Honourable Jerzy Buzek President of the European Parliament
 
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Russia
His Excellency Oleg MorozovFirst Deputy Speaker of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the RussianFederationIt is particularly my pleasure to open this Ninth Meeting of the G8 Speakers as Ihad the honour of hosting the inaugural Speakers¶ Meeting in my hometown of Kingston, Ontario eight years ago. As you may recall, the two-day meeting wasfocused on three topics that were important then and continue to be importanttoday: the strengthening of parliamentary committees, parliamentary diplomacy,and democracy and terrorism.In my fulfilling career as Speaker, I must say that one of the most rewarding partsof this role has been the opportunity to meet with other parliamentarians anddiscuss issues of common concern.Each of our respective Heads of Government, after gathering in Muskoka on 25±26June, agreed that the G8 is bound together by a shared vision recognizing thatmajor global challenges can and must be addressed in partnership with the globalcommunity.The G8 Muskoka Declaration is coloured with optimism and hopes of recoveryfrom the global economic crisis. It charges our nations to see the opportunity to progress, where mere months ago our prosperity was in doubt.

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