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Canada to Lift Visa for Mexican Visitors

The previous Canadian government imposed the visa requirement in 2009, claiming it was needed to stop thousands of asylum claims being made by Mexican citizens

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, photo: Reuters/Chris Wattie
1 year ago

OTTAWA, Ontario — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada will lift visa requirements for Mexican visitors as of December 2016, while Mexico has agreed to open its markets to Canadian beef.

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (L) walks with Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 28, 2016. Photo: Reuters/Chris Wattie

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (L) walks with Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 28, 2016. Photo: Reuters/Chris Wattie

Trudeau made the announcement Tuesday alongside Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, who is in Ottawa for bilateral meetings ahead of Wednesday’s “Three Amigos” summit with U.S. President Barack Obama.

The previous Conservative government imposed the visa requirement in 2009, claiming it was needed to stop thousands of asylum claims being made by Mexican citizens. The requirement caught the Mexican government off guard, and has stood as a major irritant between the two countries.

Canada’s Liberals promised during last year’s election campaign that the visa requirement would be lifted, but the process has been fraught with delays.

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