Alonso Urrutia and Emir Olivares
Newspaper La Jornada
Thursday, January 12, 2023, p. 3
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador stressed that Canadian private investment in Mexico is large and has grown substantially, and recognized that in some cases this sector has differences with Mexican policies. Before the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, he offered
receive companies that may have pending issues, some disagreement with the attitude of our government. We are always open to dialogue.
The culmination of the Summit of North American Leaders, this Wednesday the Mexico-Canada bilateral meeting was held at the National Palace, during which López Obrador was particularly affectionate with Trudeau:
The prime minister is our friend.
This time Canada’s prime minister changed the dour face he wore on Tuesday during the summit, and was seen much of the time smiling and returning the courtesies to his host.
As a sequel to last Tuesday’s trilateral meeting, the President of the United States, Joe Biden, released yesterday on his social networks a video of the meetings and the message to the media that the three leaders gave, accompanied by a phrase:
Together, building a stronger America.
Accompanied by their respective delegations, as a preamble to the private conversations, López Obrador and Trudeau agreed on their commitment to strengthen their ties
to build more prosperous, sustainable, secure and equitable societies.
Trudeau completed his third day of stay in Mexico, after participating in the initial dinner of the summit and the session with López Obrador and Biden. This Wednesday he was offered the official welcome prior to the bilateral meeting.
Shortly before the ceremony of the national anthems held in the Patio de Honor of the National Palace, in which their wives were present, López Obrador commented to Trudeau and his partner, Sophie:
Now stay and live in Mexicoprovoking the smile in the visitors.
Later, in one of the rooms, the private conversations of both delegations took place, which included speeches by the leaders, the only part that was made public. There López Obrador celebrated the growing interest of the Canadian private initiative to invest in Mexico.
We have dealt with economic issues related to investments by Canadian companies in Mexico, mining companies, important companies such as TransCanada, which is investing to build a gas pipeline in the Gulf of Mexico. It is a large investment, and it is very important because it will mean supplying gas to the southeast of Mexicohe declared.
As he did the day before, during the trilateral meeting, the President recognized Canada’s immigration policy, which includes, among other things, temporary work visa programs for Mexican citizens.
In response, Prime Minister Trudeau argued that Mexico and Canada are very strong allies.
We are, both countries, progressive, respecting opportunity, justice, equality for all, jobs for the middle class and those who strive to unite; environmental Protection.
Trudeau concluded his program of activities in Mexico yesterday afternoon, which included meetings with businessmen from both nations, and returned to his country.