Toronto, Ontario, Canada - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has formally committed to removing visa requirements for Mexican citizens entering Canada, a policy imposed by the Conservative government in 2009 to stem the flow of Mexicans seeking asylum here.
Mexico's President Enrique Peņa Nieto said that Trudeau confirmed the commitment during a face-to-face meeting with Canada's new prime minister at the G20 summit in Antalya, Turkey on Sunday, November 15, 2015.
"Justin Trudeau confirmed that he has signalled his cabinet to remove in the future the Canadian visa requirement for Mexicans," Peņa Nieto wrote in Spanish in a post on Twitter.
A statement from the Prime Minister's Office said Trudeau discussed mutual issues with Peņa Nieto, including climate change, and "reiterated the [election] platform commitment to lift the visa requirement on Mexican citizens."
The requirement had become an irritant between the two countries with Mexican ambassador Francisco Suarez saying in 2013 he was "really mad" at Stephen Harper's Conservative government.
Olivier Duchesneau, the deputy director of communications for Trudeau, could not say when Mexicans would be able to travel to Canada without a visa, but recently told CBC News that the prime minister had instructed members of his cabinet to move forward with the change.Read more at CBC.ca