Harper needs far more than a fake lake to claim summit success

The Canadian Press (also appeared in Winnipeg Free Press)

Heather Scoffield
June 20, 2010

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OTTAWA - They've been dubbed the "accountability" summit and the "austerity" summit, but as Prime Minister Stephen Harper prepares to host historic back-to-back, high-level meetings this week, he risks appearing neither austere nor accountable.

For 72 hours, the world's most powerful people will surge into Southern Ontario, complete with enormous entourages, and thousands of journalists in tow.

Then, they'll zip down to Toronto for a larger Group of 20 meeting on Saturday night and Sunday, dining at the stately Royal York Hotel, and then gathering at the more functional Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

There, they will wrangle over how to …

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