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Canada may eliminate need for Mexicans to have visas

Canada may eliminate need for Mexicans to have visas

Posted by PanamericanWorld on June 18, 2016

Canadian International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland told EFE on Friday that her country will announce the elimination of entrance visas for Mexicans at the end of the month, when Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto visits Canada.

But Freeland also related the elimination of visas to "Mexican support" in trade matters.

In a statement to EFE following an event in Toronto organized by the Canadian Council for the Americas, or CCA, to discuss the Pacific Alliance, the minister said the Canadian government places great importance on its relations with Mexico.

"Part of our electoral platform during the last election was to talk about the importance of close relations with Mexico, and more specifically, to deal with the visa problem," Freeland said.

When the Mexican president visits Canada next June 29 for the North American Leaders' Summit, the heads of government will "also deal with other bilateral problems that we're working on very closely like the matter of the beef trade," the minister said.

The previous Canadian government of Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper unexpectedly imposed in 2009 the requirement of a visa to allow Mexican citizens to enter the country, which led to somewhat tense relations between the two countries.

The current government of Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced its commitment to eliminating the need for visas, but up to now the exact date when the measure will take effect has not been stated.

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