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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