FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ottawa, ON – On Wednesday, December 2, 2020, Conservative Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs Michael Chong held a phone call with H.E. Juan José Gómez Camacho, Ambassador of Mexico to Canada, about Canada-Mexico relations.
MP Chong highlighted several items with the Ambassador, including:
- Conservatives’ belief that Canada and Mexico are strategic partners in a North American relationship.
- Conservatives’ desire to broaden and deepen relations with Mexico, both bilaterally and within the North American partnership, and under the newly implemented Canada-US-Mexico trade agreement. Mexico is Canada’s 5th largest destination for merchandise exports and 10th largest destination for direct investment.
- The strong ties between Canadians and Mexicans, with over 1.5 million Canadians normally travelling to Mexico each year for both business and pleasure, and with over some 25,000 seasonal agricultural workers coming to Canada to work on farms and some 20,000 Mexican students studying at Canadian post-secondary institutions.
- The recent debate in the House of Commons on Canada’s procurement of vaccines for the pandemic.
H.E. Juan José Gómez Camacho and MP Chong discussed Canada-Mexico cooperation during the pandemic, visa-free travel between Canada and Mexico, and the new CUSMA. They agreed to stay in contact about Canada-Mexico relations.