President Peña Nieto began his state visit to Canada with an official welcome ceremony hosted by David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, at Quebec’s La Citadelle.

Canada and Mexico are multicultural, inclusive societies; we are two countries fully aware of our regional and global responsibilities”.

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”.

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”.

“Canada and Mexico have much in common, as well as a great potential to form a more productive and prosperous partnership". He said that the two countries are already working together in many ways and that this state visit helps, “Strengthen and enhance the ties between our academic institutions, governments, businesses and cultural institutions”. David Johnston.