Canada expands focus of upcoming G-7 meeting

Canada is expanding the focus of the upcoming G-7 foreign ministers meeting to include the plight of Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar for Bangladesh and the democratic crisis in Venezuela.

Those items are being added to the security issues the G-7 usually confronts, such as Syria, Ukraine and Iran.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has said Canada wants to use the G-7 to leverage the recommendations in the recently completed report by its special envoy Bob Rae.

He has called for the perpetrators of violence against the Rohingya to be brought to justice.

Freeland says she also wants to see European voices added to the chorus of international condemnation of Venezuela's ongoing crackdowns on dissent and democracy.

Canada will be courting the support of the G-7's European members to denounce the anti-democratic behaviour of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who was barred from attending last weekend's Summit of the Americas.