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Why is Ottawa Dragging its Heels on the Mexican Visa?

Written by  OPENCANADA.ORG Monday, 04 April 2016 09:03
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PM Justin Trudeau indicated North American relations were a top priority on the campaign trail last year, but has yet to revoke the visa requirement on Mexico.
PM Justin Trudeau indicated North American relations were a top priority on the campaign trail last year, but has yet to revoke the visa requirement on Mexico. Photo Credit: Carissa Rogers via Flickr CC

by Eva Salinas in Toronto

Mexico’s former Ambassador to Canada, Francisco Suárez Dávila, says Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto will likely refuse to attend Justin Trudeau’s proposed North American Leaders' Summit this summer unless the visa requirement on Mexico is revoked — a promise Trudeau and members of his cabinet have reiterated several times since forming government.

“I find it very difficult to concede that President Peña will come to Canada if he has to subject himself to the visa requirement,” Suárez said in an interview from Mexico City, where he retired following the end of his Canadian post in December. “It's a pity because we really could be in the beginning of a golden age of a really grand relationship.”

Trudeau indicated North American relations were a top priority on the campaign trail last year, when he first promised to revoke the visa if elected. He has repeatedly underscored the importance of regional cooperation, most recently in Washington earlier this month, where he emphasized working together on environmental policy and invited U.S. President Barack Obama to a North American Leaders' Summit in Canada this summer. 

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