- For thousands of people, especially migrants, this province is synonymous with hospitality, certainty in the present and hope for the future, he said.
- President Peña Nieto began his state visit to Canada with an official welcome ceremony hosted by David Johnston, Governor General of Canada in Quebec’s La Citadelle
- This visit helps to strengthen and enhance the ties between our academic institutions, governments, businesses and cultural institutions: David Johnston.
President Enrique Peña Nieto began his state visit to this North American country with a welcome ceremony hosted by Governor General of Canada David Johnston, where he said that beginning his tour in Quebec, “Has a special significance for the Mexican delegation. This is where cultural diversity, regional identity and national unity converge”.
At the military base of the 22nd Royal Regiment and the Governor’s Official House, President Peña Nieto stressed that, “For thousands of people, especially migrants, this province is synonymous with hospitality, certainty in the present and hope for the future: here there are many homes which, while proud to be Mexican, have in their hearts a legitimate love for this land that has welcomed them with open arms”.
He said that, “Canada and Mexico are multicultural, inclusive societies; we are two countries fully aware of our regional and global responsibilities”.
He said it is particularly exciting that the ceremony should be held in La Citadelle, “An emblematic venue of this great nation, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its historical and architectural significance”.
During the ceremony, at which 21 cannon shots were fired and the Mexican and Canadian national anthems were played, the president expressed his confidence that "the renewed spirit that prevails today between our governments will allow us to further deepen the bonds of understanding and friendship. Canadians and Mexicans share values and development goals, as well as the same vision of the world we want.
He urged people to leverage the affinities and coincidences to foster innovation and environmental sustainability, “as well as to boost economic integration of North America”.
He noted that, “Mexico regards Canada as a people that has managed to grow and develop with freedom and social justice, an egalitarian society, forged in the culture of effort”. He said our country also recognizes, “Its international leadership in environmental protection and respect for human rights”.
On behalf of the people and government of Mexico, the President hoped for the well-being of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the prosperity of Canadians and Mexicans.
Governor General of Canada David Johnston said that Mexico and Canada “believe in democracy, good governance, human rights, the rule of law, inclusive economic opportunity and respect for the environment”.
He noted that Canada is pleased to be allied with Mexico to make North America, “A safer, fairer and more humane place for all our citizens”.
He declared that Canada and Mexico have much in common, as well as great potential to form a more productive alliance, with greater prosperity: He said that the two countries are already working together in many ways and that this visit helps to strengthen and enhance the ties between our academic institutions, governments, businesses and cultural institutions”.
He told the Mexican president that, “You will witness the growing interest and opportunities for trade and investment between our countries. There are also opportunities for innovation in all sectors ".
Declaring that the interests of the two nations converge on many regional and global issues, he said that Canada, “Places great importance on its relations with Mexico and wishes to preserve that friendship."
Subsequently, President Peña Nieto held a private meeting with Governor Johnston, after which he went to the Honoré-Mercier residence, where he was received by Philippe Couillard, Prime Minister of Quebec, with whom he met privately and with his official delegation. There, he signed the Distinguished Visitors Book of Quebec City.