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Ah, those Canadians really know how to put on a G-something diplomatic party

June 28, 2010 |  5:38 am

G-8 leaders laugh and have a good time at their annual gathering, this time in Toronto

As the renowned statesman Mel Brooks once put it, "It's good to be king." And queen.

Having solved many of the world's problems, hunger, disease and capped the gulf oil spill, Nicolas and Stephen and Barack, Dmitry, Angela and David share jokes about voters back home picking up the tab for their party in Toronto at the G-8 part of this weekend's gathering of international leaders.

The Salahis were unable to attend due to other commitments.

Economic summit protesters celebrate in their own special way elsewhere in Toronto 6-26-10

Meanwhile elsewhere in Toronto, Canadians and others celebrate the Lakers NBA championsh...oh no, wait.

These folks are displaying their unhappiness with the diplomatic do-dah in a fashion fast becoming a tradition at such regular international gatherings -- the ceremonial police car burning.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Photos: Jason Reed / Pool (Nicolas Sarkozy, Stephen Harper, Obama, Dmitry Medvedev, Angela Merkel and David Cameron); Ryan Remiorz / Canadian Press