- The Mexican president stressed that the ties between the two societies are increasingly intense and dynamic.
- He thanked the Prime Minister of Canada for the decision to eliminate the visa requirement for Mexicans.
- The measure will come into effect as of December 1, said the prime minister.
As of December 1, and in order to facilitate trade between the two nations, Canada will eliminate the visa requirement for Mexican citizens, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed today in a joint press statement with President Enrique Peña Nieto.
Prime Minister Trudeau admitted that this measure, imposed in 2009, has restricted the travel of Mexicans to this country.
The Mexican president declared that, “I am absolutely convinced that today marks the start of a renewed relationship between Canada and Mexico, two countries that face the future together and are strengthened by working together, as allies, but particularly as the friends we are”.
After a private meeting between the two leaders, at which they led a meeting with their respective delegations in the Parliament buildings, Prime Minister Trudeau said: “We will cooperate with Mexican officials over the next few months to prepare for this change. This will enable Mexicans, our Mexican friends, to travel to Canada and thus grow our economies and communities.”
President Enrique Peña Nieto thanked the prime minister and said that, “In you, Canada has a progressive, visionary leader, who is open to the world. Mexico recognizes you as a great friend”.
He declared that, “The ties between our societies are increasingly intense and dynamic. I therefore welcome the Canadian government’s decision to eliminate the visa requirement for Mexicans as of December 1 of this year. This barrier was erected in 2009 and today, with great political will, we are tearing it down”.
The Mexican president said that Canada and Mexico wish to work together on a common vision of inclusive development and, therefore, he added, "We have decided to establish a strategic high-level dialogue to identify priority areas of bilateral cooperation based on four pillars: shared, inclusive prosperity, regional and global leadership, public safety and facilitating the mobility of people.”
After pointing out that this is the first state visit by a Mexican president to Canada in 15 years, he announced that during his stay in this country, “We marked the renewal of our bilateral relations,” since, he said, “we reached 14 agreements, including those to expand student exchanges, share information and experiences on security, promote the development of indigenous peoples and increase tourism in a reciprocal manner”.
In addition, he said, today it was also agreed to permit the importation of Canadian beef products into Mexico from October onwards.
Moreover, President Enrique Peña Nieto said that in a world where hate speech, racism and discrimination still persist, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government stands out because of its commitment to inclusion.
He mentioned that during the meeting they held, they discussed the importance of building societies of rights. “In particular, we addressed the need to create public policies in favor of inclusion, highlighting the development of youth and indigenous peoples,” he said.
In the economic sphere, the Mexican president declared that Canada and Mexico are convinced that international trade and regional integration are the engine for shared economic growth and social welfare.
In that area, he said that the two countries have significant economic ties, with $26 billion Canadian dollars in bilateral trade. Mexico, he stressed, is Canada’s third largest trading partner while Canada is Mexico’s third largest trading partner”.
He announced that more than 3,500 Canadian companies are currently operating in Mexico and that, in order to strengthen and expand these exchanges, during his state visit, new investments in our country of over $2.3 billion dollars have been announced.
WE WILL WORK FOR A STRONGER, MORE PROSPEROUS NORTH AMERICA: JUSTIN TRUDEAU
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that, “We will work hard to create a stronger, more prosperous Canada; a stronger, more prosperous Mexico; and a stronger, more prosperous North America. And we will do it, as we have always done, as partners and friends.”
He considered that the future of Canada and Mexico and their relations is bright, and recalled that during last year's election, he submitted a plan for Canadians that would change both the things they do and the way they do them. “This includes having a more collaborative approach towards our partners in North America,” he said.
He said that Mexico and Canada have a long history, based on mutual respect, cooperation and trust. “And it is my hope that through meetings like this, we will be able to strengthen that relationship in the future,” he declared.
Prior to the press statement, President Enrique Peña Nieto and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today witnessed the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the National Commission for the Development of Indigenous Peoples and the Canadian Department of Indian Affairs and the letter of Intent between the Foreign Affairs Secretariat and Global Affairs Canada on International Cooperation for Development in Central America and the Caribbean.
Accompanied by the Canadian Prime Minister, President Enrique Peña Nieto signed the Distinguished Visitors’ Books in the Senate and the House of Commons in the Parliament Building.
Afterwards, he met with Speaker of the Senate George Furey, with whom he discussed the state of bilateral relations between Mexico and Canada in the field of legislature, and later on with Geoff Regan, Speaker of the House of Commons.