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It’s imperative Canada and Mexico continue together to promote core values, inclusive free trade

By Juan José Gómez Camacho      

Mexico is the first country to ratify CUSMA, showing our commitment to continue this successful trading partnership and, especially, we undertake to bolster the bilateral trade between Mexico and Canada.

Since his inauguration Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, right, has included Canada in all of his key speeches as a major partner, not only founded on a basic geographic assessment, but on a notion that both countries' interests are so intertwined that we have become strategic to each other, writes Mexico Ambassador Juan José Gómez Camacho. Photograph courtesy of Commons Wikimedia

OTTAWA—Sept. 3 marked a month of the shooting in a supermarket in El Paso, Texas, carried out by a xenophobe targeting Mexicans. Regardless of the circumstances surrounding this terrorist act, the fact lends itself to reflect on the consequences of the lack of understanding of our neighbours and the importance of diversity, immigration, and trade can have in our societies. Many countries have seen an increase in bigotry and intolerance, especially in the context of political campaigns and elections, and as Canada switches into electoral mode, it is fitting that Canadians understand who their neighbour is and why it is imperative that Canada and Mexico continue to promote core values and inclusive free trade.

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