The 7th G7 Summit was called the Ottawa Summit, and was held in Montebello, Quebec, Canada and nearby Ottawa between July 20 and 21, 1981. The venue for the summit meetings was the Château Montebello.
The Group of Seven (G7) was an unofficial forum which brought together the heads of the richest industrialized countries: France, West Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada (since 1976) and the President of the European Commission (starting officially in 1981). The summits were not meant to be linked formally with wider international institutions; and in fact, a mild rebellion against the stiff formality of other international meetings was a part of the genesis of cooperation between France's President Giscard d'Estaing and West Germany's Chancellor Helmut Schmidt as they conceived the first Group of Six (G6) summit in 1975.
|7th G7 summit|
Château Montebello in the province of Quebec
|Dates||July 20–21, 1981|
|Follows||6th G7 summit|
|Precedes||8th G7 summit|
The G7 is an unofficial annual forum for the leaders of Canada, the European Commission, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.
|Core G7 members|
Host state and leader are shown in bold text.
|Canada||Pierre Trudeau||Prime Minister|
|West Germany||Helmut Schmidt||Chancellor|
|Italy||Giovanni Spadolini||Prime Minister|
|Japan||Zenkō Suzuki||Prime Minister|
|United Kingdom||Margaret Thatcher||Prime Minister|
|United States||Ronald Reagan||President|
|European Community||Gaston Thorn||Commission President|
|Margaret Thatcher||Council President|
The summit was intended as a venue for resolving differences among its members. As a practical matter, the summit was also conceived as an opportunity for its members to give each other mutual encouragement in the face of difficult economic decisions.