Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada will lift its visa requirement for Mexicans to visit the country as of December 2016. The previous Conservative government imposed visas in 2009 to stop asylum claims by Mexican citizens – a controversial move that has been a major irritant between the two countries ever since.
Trudeau made the announcement alongside Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto. “This move will make it easier for our Mexican friends to visit Canada while growing our local economies and strengthening our communities,” Trudeau said. He said the two countries “share values, goals and ambitions,” and they aspire to “take action in ways that will make a real difference in people’s lives.”
The two countries agreed to work together to advance the interests of indigenous people, to help women gain access to education, and to foster innovation and entrepreneurship. “The president and I also discussed the need to uphold human rights, advance democracy, and the rule of law, and ensure respect for diversity, as well as the ways in which we can work together to ensure these important goals.”
The visa requirements negatively affected tourism, student studies, and professional immigration. Now, both countries can reap the rewards of cultural and economic interchange and development.
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