The purpose of the G8 as constituted in 1975 was a forum for the great economic powers of the world to discuss matters of global economics, trade and finance. Thirty eight years on those around the table are no longer the ones who can determine those issues.
Canada is represented with a population of 35 million and a GDP of $1.77trillion and yet China with a population of 1.34 billion and a GDP five times that of Canada is not.
The European Union is represented as the ‘9th member’ of the G8 and yet Europe already has four powerful voices at the table: Germany, UK, France and Italy and India with a population of 1.24 billion, twice that of the EU, and a GDP greater than Italy and Canada is not represented.
Brazil has a population 50 million greater than Russia and a GDP 20% larger than Russia and yet it has no seat at the table in Loch Erne.
Moreover, whilst the US, UK, Japan and Euro-zone are largely flat-lining and Russia is grinding to a halt, China is growing at 8% and India is growing at 6% so if its ideas to get the global economy moving your after it might be good to have someone around the table who is delivering.
If the G8 really is serious about tacking global problems then it must find space for India, China and Brazil even if that means that Canada and the EU need to make some space.