Summits of the Group of Seven powers are often marred by anti-globalist demonstrations in the streets of the host city.
This time, the greatest threat to the liberal world order will be inside the fence.
President Donald Trump comes to this week’s Quebec G7, which begins Friday, touting an America First agenda that hits US allies with trade tariffs and threatens multilateral free trade deals.
His stance will receive such a hostile reception from the other leaders of the world’s richest democracies that some observers have suggested renaming the G7 summit the G6+1.
Trump may well be distracted by preparations for his June 12 summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, which will be in Singapore immediately after the rich world talking shop in Canada.
But it is not such a stretch to imagine that the US leader will enjoy a warmer encounter with the autocrat from Pyongyang than with his Canadian hosts and European and Japanese allies.