Speaker Nancy Pelosi will travel to Ottawa, Canada this week for a meeting of the G8 Speakers' Conference, which starts on Thursday, September 9 and released the following statement today on the visit. In addition to formal sessions and bilateral meetings, Pelosi, along with Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming Chairman Ed Markey of Massachusetts, will participate in meetings with Canadian government and provincial officials, environmental NGOs and industry CEOs on energy security and other issues of mutual concern. The Ranking Republican on the committee, James Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin, had planned to participate in the visit, but will now be unable to attend.
"I am pleased to join my colleagues in the G8 in Ottawa to discuss the critical issues of interparliamentary cooperation and extend my gratitude to Speaker Peter Milliken of the Canadian House of Commons for hosting this annual conference of Speakers.
"Whether it is the fight against terrorism, climate change or the need for increased communication among legislatures, my colleagues and I come to these conferences with one message: that a peaceful and prosperous future requires increased international engagement among the leading nations of the world.
"As Speaker, my flagship issue has been energy security and that is why I created the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, and passed key energy and climate legislation. I am pleased that my colleague from the Select Committee, Chairman Markey, will be joining me to discuss energy issues with our friends in the Canadian government as well as representatives from the environmental community, First Nations and the energy industry. We come to learn and listen at a time where the debate in Canada continues over oil sands and the future of energy security in North America."