Canada commits to lifting visa requirements for Mexicans

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has kept true to one of his campaign promises by committing to remove the visa requirements for Mexican citizens to enter Canada.

At the recent G20 summit in Antalya, Turkey, the new Canadian prime minister met with Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto and confirmed the commitment.

The visa requirements were put into place in 2009 by the Conservative government to stem the flow of Mexican nationals seeking asylum in Canada.

“Justin Trudeau confirmed that he has signaled his cabinet to remove in the future the Canadian visa requirement for Mexicans,” Pena Nieto wrote in Spanish in a post on Twitter Sunday.

In their face-to-face meeting, the Prime Minister’s Office said that Trudeau and Pena Nieto discussed several mutual issues including climate change and “reiterated the [election] platform commitment to lift the visa requirement on Mexican citizens.”

The visa requirement became in irritant in 2013 between the two countries with the Mexican ambassador stating his distaste for the visa saying he was “really mad” at the Harper government.

On Friday, Trudeau instructed Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion in a mandate letter to lift the Mexican visa requirement.

Olivier Duchesneau, the deputy director of communications for Trudeau, was unable to say exactly when the visa requirements would be lifted, but did confirm that the prime minister had instructed his cabinet to move forward with the change.

Trudeau said he expected Dion to work with cabinet colleagues to “strengthen trilateral North American co-operation with the United States and Mexico,” with a top priority to “support the minister of immigration, refugees and citizenship in lifting the Mexican visa requirement.”

On Twitter, Pena Nieto  said he concluded his meeting with Trudeau by inviting him to visit Mexico.

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