Strengthening Relations Between Mexico and Canada under the “Trudeau Era”

The G-20 Summit celebrated in Antalya, Turkey on November 15-16, 2015, proved to be a fruitful event for Mexico and Canada. On Tuesday, November 17, 2015, after six years of requiring Mexican nationals to provide a “temporary resident visa” upon entering Canadian territory, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announced that Canada’s Prime Minister Trudeau had met his promise to lift the “temporary visit requirement.”

The removal of the visa condition signals a shift towards Canada’s original immigration policy, which changed practically overnight in 2009 when the Canadian government began to require “temporary resident visas” due to the alleged tripling of Mexican nationals entering the country. But the events in Antalya have also demonstrated Prime Minister Trudeau’s commitment to making good on other promises and separating his government from the previous administration.

During a sit-down at the G-20 Summit with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, Trudeau also discussed the North American’s Leaders’ Summit, attended by Canada, the United States and Mexico, which had been postponed indefinitely by the previous Conservative Canadian government. The Prime Minister expressed his desires to set a date and time for the Summit, to which President Peña Nieto agreed.

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