• We are taking care to ensure that we continue enjoying great economic stability, one of the advantages Mexico offers the whole world, he said.
  • At the event, he mentioned the unfortunate events in Oaxaca. He said that the government will always be open to dialoguing, talking, listening to positions and resolving differences.
  • Five cooperation agreements were signed in priority areas such as increasing university student and researcher exchanges with Quebec.

President Enrique Peña Nieto gave a joint press conference with Philippe Couillard, Prime Minister of Quebec at the end of his activities in this city, the first stop of his state visit to Canada.

Asked about the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union, known as Brexit, he explained that Mexico has taken preventive measures to prevent further turbulence.

He said: "Today we are striving to ensure that Mexico continues to enjoy great economic stability, which is one of our greatest strengths and one of the advantages Mexico offers the world.”

He said emerging economies, such as our country, have felt the effects of this situation; however, “We expect the effect, particularly for Mexico, to be moderate. The trade we have with the United Kingdom accounts for just one percent of our trade.”

He said that the overall effect Brexit will have is as yet unclear, which creates conditions of enormous global uncertainty, but hoped that there would soon be a clearer idea of the path the UK’s decision will take. He explained that if this withdrawal does in fact take place, efforts will be made to protect bilateral economic and commercial relations with this European country.


In response to a reporter’s question, the president also referred to recent events in Oaxaca. He said that the Mexican government deeply regrets these incidents in which lives were lost. He said that the government has already ruled that an extensive investigation be carried out by the authorities, with the participation of the National Human Rights Commission, to establish responsibilities.

He declared that it is the government’s duty to apply what is in the legislation, the mandate of the Law. ”What the government is not willing to do is negotiate the law”. "Not only educational legislation, no other law is up for negotiation.”

He said that the government has invariably, “Adopted an attitude of dialogue and sought to defuse the tempers that cause violence, disorder and chaos in certain parts of the country”. He said that the Interior Secretariat is working to establish the bases to resolve points of difference.

The president noted that Education Reform seeks to assure the new generations, children and youth, of a better future. It provides significant benefits for teachers themselves, by rewarding and recognizing the merits of each teacher. It makes schools a central element, so that there are decent spaces for young people to receive education, in addition to paying particular attention to the educational content the new generations should receive.

He said that the government will always be open to dialoguing, talking, listening to positions and resolving differences.

President Peña Nieto said that Mexico wishes to stand before the world as a country where there is respect for freedoms and full respect for human rights.

 “We are a country, unlike some, that is open to the scrutiny of international organizations that monitor human rights. We are a country that has received more than 50 visits in the past 15 years, from rapporteurs from various international organizations, to determine the status of our country regarding human rights,” adding that his government had adopted the recommendations of these organizations. “Over 80 percent of these recommendations have been carried out,” he explained.

The Mexican president spoke to the media of the two countries on his state visit, which is intended, he said, “To renew bilateral relations between Canada and Mexico and find new mechanisms to further advance the prosperity, competitiveness and development of North America.”

He added that in the capital of Quebec, cooperation agreements were signed in priority areas such as increasing university student and researcher exchanges with Quebec.

He added that it was also agreed to hold a meeting on carbon markets, in which Quebec certainly is a world benchmark, together with Ontario and California. In Mexico, we will probably be working to ensure that by 2018 we can integrate and be part of this carbon market, he explained.


Earlier in the day, when he met with members of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Quebec, the president said that, “On the basis of the enormous potential of our relations, the authorities in Quebec and Mexico have decided to expand our relations”.

To this end, he said, he agreed with Prime Minister Couillard, “to launch the new Joint Cooperation Committee, with a specific work agenda. Like Quebec, Mexico is betting its transformation on productivity, innovation and entrepreneurship”.

He noted that in particular, the development of regional value chains is being promoted. He explained that the contribution of Quebec’s business community, “Has been instrumental in building bilateral relations full of opportunities for trade and investment as well as cooperation”.

As a result, he said, “My country is already Quebec's fourth largest trading partner. In 2015, trade flows totaled three billion dollars, almost seven times more than in 1993, before the entry into force of the Free Trade Agreement”.

He said that there are currently hundreds of companies with Quebec capital in Mexico, creating employment and development, whose investments are present in key sectors for boosting economic growth, such as mining, aerospace and transport, as well as infrastructure development.

He said that as regards tourism, each year our country receives more than 350,000 visitors from this Canadian province. Moreover, “We have a comprehensive academic, technological and cultural cooperation program, together with common positions on global issues such as environmental protection,” he declared.

President Peña Nieto left Quebec for Toronto, where he will continue with his state visit to Canada.