Canada to lift visa requirement for Mexican visitors, Mexico to allow Canadian beef

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada is dropping its visa requirement for Mexican visitors as of December 2016, while Mexico has agreed to open its markets to Canadian beef.

Trudeau made the announcement alongside Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, who is in Ottawa for bilateral meetings and Wednesday’s North American leaders’ summit.

“I’m very pleased to announce that on December 1st, 2016, Canada will lift the Mexican visa requirement that has restricted travel to Canada. We’ll be working very closely with Mexican officials over the coming months to prepare for this change.”

Trudeau also says the two countries have agreed to work more closely together on aboriginal issues.

The previous Conservative government imposed visas in 2009 to stop thousands of asylum claims being made by ineligible Mexican citizens.

It was a controversial decision that caught the Mexican government off guard, and has stood as the major irritant between the two countries ever since.

The Opposition Conservatives have argued the visa should not be lifted until its impact can be properly assessed.

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