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Natural Resources Canada

March 16, 2006 15:18 ET

Minister Lunn Attends G8 Energy Ministerial Meeting

MOSCOW, RUSSIA--(CCNMatthews - March 16, 2006) - As Canada's representative to the G8
Energy Ministerial Meeting in Moscow, Russia, the Honourable Gary Lunn,
Minister of Natural Resources, highlighted Canada's progress in developing a
strong framework to ensure energy security.

Minister Lunn highlighted Canada's positive experience as it has moved to
a transparent and competitive market.

"Canada believes that secure energy supplies have an important role in
global prosperity," he said. "Our market-based approach has resulted in
tremendous economic and social opportunities in terms of prosperity, stability
and security."

Minister Lunn also said that the Government of Canada is committed to
facing the future challenges and opportunities in global energy security and
sustainability with its G8 partners.

Minister Lunn joined with other G8 ministers for a private meeting with
Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin.

The G8 Energy Ministers heard statements from the International Energy
Agency, the International Energy Forum, the World Bank and the Organization of
Petroleum Exporting Countries. Energy ministers from Mexico, India, China,
Brazil and South Africa also outlined their perspectives.

This is one of several ministerial meetings leading up to the G8 Leaders'
Summit in St. Petersburg in July 2006.

The statement of the Chair of the meeting is available at
www.nrcan-rncan.gc.ca/media/speeches_e.htm.

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    Director of Communications,
    (613) 996-2007;

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