Here’s a look at the eight leaders who will be meeting at Camp David, Md., and a summary of the pressing issues their countries are facing.
Stephen Harper. Position: prime minister; Country: CanadaCanada went through a round of fiscal and banking problems in the 1990s that left it with strengthened government accounts and a financial system that weathered the 2008 crisis without the severe problems that hit the United States and other developed nations. Harper is a fiscal conservative, and, presiding over an economy that accelerated quickly in 2010, hastened plans to balance the government budget. But the Canadian economy has since slowed to roughly U.S. levels, and Harper is, like his G-8 colleagues, facing calls to slow the drive to a balanced budget and use public funds to support growth.BLAIR GABLE/REUTERS