- The presence of Mexico in Canada is as wide as it is diverse, because this country is home to the second largest overseas community, with more than 90,000 Mexicans.
- President Peña Nieto attended a dinner hosted in his honor by Governor General of Canada David Johnston as the last activity of his state visit.
- Tomorrow he will participate in the North American Leaders' Summit, with Barack Obama and Justin Trudeau in Ottawa.
“Mexico and Canada have forged close ties,” said President Enrique Peña Nieto at the dinner hosted in his honor by David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and also attended by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, marking the end of his state visit to this country.
On Wednesday, the Mexican president, together with US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Trudeau, will take part in the North American Leaders' Summit, which will take place in this city.
During his speech at the dinner, the Mexican president said that, in the words of the Canadian Marshall McLuhan, "In this global village, our countries have the opportunity to get to know each other better and deepen their ties as regional partners.”
At Rideau Hall, the official residence of the Governor General of Canada, President Peña Nieto noted that the presence of Mexico in Canada is as large as it is diverse, since it is home to, “The second largest community outside the country, with more than 90,000 Mexicans”.
He thanked the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Governor General David Johnston, “For the support Canada has given to the implementation of the new Criminal Justice System, which recently came into effect in Mexico”.
The president hoped that the friendship between Mexico and Canada will allow both countries to work “together for the prosperity, development and welfare of our societies”.
THE STRENGTH OF THE RELATIONS BETWEEN MEXICO AND CANADA IS A REFLECTION OF THE GENUINE AFFECTION BETWEEN OUR PEOPLES: DAVID JOHNSTON
Governor General of Canada David Johnston said that the “strength of the relations between Mexico and Canada is a reflection of the genuine affection shared by our peoples”.
He declared that the basic reason for the relations between Mexico and Canada is the desire to meet shared challenges. “Our personal ties are growing and providing new opportunities for collaboration and mutual understanding,” he said.
He noted that Mexico and Canada are each other’s third largest trading partners and that universities and colleges participate in numerous exchanges, thereby promoting cooperation between governments and institutions.
He welcomed the efforts made by both countries to “improve security and increase prosperity throughout the hemisphere.”
He said that, “The world today is characterized by profound integration, which includes the digital sphere, yet there is still no substitute for international exchanges and face to face meetings like this”.
INTEGRATION GOES BEYOND THE ECONOMY AND TRADE; EDUCATION ALSO PLAYS A KEY ROLE: EPN
Earlier, in a bilateral meeting with young students from Mexico and Canada, and other Latin American countries, in which he participated with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President Peña Nieto stressed that integration between the two countries goes beyond the economy and trade, in an attempt to increase investment and trade flows.
“It would seem that integration only involves this, but that is not so. Integration goes far beyond that. And this integration involves a fundamental aspect, which is education. I think that the best tool, the best we can do for the younger generation, is to be able to support them with better, higher quality education,” he said.
He noted that "when it goes beyond each country's borders, when there is opportunity for many young people to leave their countries to have a broader perspective, a much more global, open vision, and find out about the experiences of other countries, I think that this enriches their training, their vision and the opportunity for each of them to create a much more promising, brighter future of personal fulfillment.”
He said that, “This is what this integration process involves. Canada and Mexico fully believe in this vision and today we are promoting and supporting it. As I pointed out earlier, we have a goal for the scholarships we will provide for young Canadians to study in Mexico, for young Mexicans, like many of those who are here today, to study here in Canada and for this number to grow and enrich the most valuable thing we have, which is our human capital”.
As part of the activities of the last day of his state visit to this country, President Enrique Peña Nieto planted a tree in the gardens of the residence of Governor General David Johnston, and greeted a group of members of the Mexico-Canada Seasonal Agricultural Workers’ Program. The Mexican workers gave the Governor General and his wife, Sharon Johnston a basket of vegetables.
At the end of the event, a group of Mexicans, joined by the president, sang Las Mañanitas to the Governor General of Canada, who was celebrating his 75th birthday.